Carolyn Hall-Jensen, a registered Democrat associated with far-left political forces in Alaska, is running for House District 16 to represent the West Anchorage neighborhood in the Legislature. It’s an area that has been tough for conservatives to win; some precincts in the area voted for Joe Biden in 2020.
That District 16 seat is now occupied by the far-left Rep. Jennie Armstrong, a Democrat, who is said to be not running for reelection after her first term. Although she filed a letter of intent to run with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, she has allowed her campaign site, jennieforalaska.com, to expire.
Even if she ran, Armstrong would have a tough time winning against Hall-Jensen, who has deep ties with insiders in Democrats circles.
Hall-Jensen may cause concern to some conservatives, however, since her campaign chair is far-left Bill Falsey. Falsey ran for mayor of Anchorage, did not win, and threw his support to far-left Forrest Dunbar for the runoff. Dunbar lost to Mayor Dave Bronson.
Falsey was also city manager for Democrat Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Falsey signed the recall petition to try to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office shortly after Dunleavy was sworn in.
Hall-Jensen’s campaign treasurer is Austin Mahan, who does campaign accounting for Democrats and who worked for Democrat Anchorage Assemblyman Chris Constant.
Hall-Jensen’s husband is part of a political operation to which many lobbyists and sitting legislators pay handsomely to not be mentioned in.
Hall-Jensen was communications manager for former disgraced Democrat Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. She was operations manager for the failed campaign of Bill Walker for governor in 2022; Walker was considered a false-flag Republican until he became an undeclared candidate, losing to incumbent Republican Mike Dunleavy.
Thus, as a communications professional who has a lot of experience in politics, it makes her a likely win for that West Anchorage district, which has only become more liberal in recent years.
Candidates have until June 1 to file for state elected office, and so there may be other entrants in the race for House District 16 as the filing season heats up.