The Kenai Peninsula Republican Women of Alaska hosted six candidates for the state’s two highest offices on Saturday night — and put them on the hot seat for round-robin questions and a lightning round of word association. Over 70 people attended the event at the Cannery Lodge, which also featured food and beverages, and a smattering of candidates for other offices.
The candidates who were invited were Mike Dunleavy, Scott Hawkins, and Mike Chenault for governor, and Kevin Meyer, Lynn Gattis, and Edie Grunwald for lieutenant governor.
The governor candidates were paired with lieutenant governor candidates for questions that generally were tough, multi-faceted, and typically had no easy answers. It gave the audience a chance to see them as teams, and each set of questions had a new team to evaluate, so that by the end, all gubernatorial candidates had sat alongside each of the participating Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
Not participating in the forum was Steven Wright, who attended and sat in the audience. He is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, running on a ticket with Michael Sheldon of Petersburg. Also not in attendance was lieutenant governor candidate Sharon Jackson, who only recently announced her candidacy.
View the entire forum, which Must Read Alaska broadcast live on Facebook — or view a slightly shorter version on our YouTube channel embedded here: