THE FILING DEADLINE IS JUNE 1 – HERE ARE THE LATEST TO JUMP IN
ROSS BIELING has filed his letter of intent as a Republican for House District 28 against Rep. Jennifer Johnston. In 2016, he and Johnston were matched in the primary, and she polled 57 percent to Bieling’s 43 percent. This is the South Anchorage hillside area. Lee Amber, a hard Democrat, has also filed for the seat. Johnston, who has served one term in the seat vacated by Mike Hawker, filed this morning.
DR. RICHARD WEIN of Sitka is said to be filing for the seat now held by Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka. Kenny Skaflestad of Hoonah already filed as a Republican for District 35 so the two will meet in the primary. Wein is a retired surgeon and is on the Sitka Assembly. Kreiss-Tomkins, a Democrat, faces no opponent yet in the primary.
EUGENE HARNETT of Eagle River has filed for House District 14, a seat now held by Lora Reinbold. Harnett has raised five children in Eagle River, owns his own business, and has been involved in local and state affairs since 1988.
JAMES “RICK” PHILLIPS joined two others in the Democrat primary for District 15, the seat now held by Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a Republican. Although he is undeclared, he has filed for the primary, which means he’ll go into the Democrats’ primary. Already filed for that seat is hard-Democrat Lyn Franks, and hard-Democrat Patrick McCormack. On the Republican side, Aaron Weaver has filed to take LeDoux on in the primary.
LOUISE STUTES filed to run for her Kodiak-based seat. Although registered a Republican, the Alaska Republican Party has kicked her off the ballot and is in a dispute with the Division of Elections about whether it has the authority to do that, or if the State of Alaska can force names on a party’s ballot against its objection. A nonpartisan had filed earlier: Sandra M. Katelnikoff-Lester.