The Alaska Supreme Court will hear the appeal to the Vazquez v. Armstrong on Jan. 13 at 12:30 pm at the Boney Courthouse.
The case involves whether Rep.-elect Jennie Armstrong has lived in Anchorage legislative District 16 long enough to qualify as a legislator. Armstrong, from Louisiana, adventured her way to Alaska at some point in the summer of 2019, but whether she moved to Anchorage in time to meet the legal deadline for becoming a candidate in the district is under dispute. She ran for House and won in November. The matter includes the Division of Elections, which certified Armstrong as a candidate.
The group challenging Armstrong’s residency is raising funds for the appeal and have set up an account for donations. Contributors should note “ Liz Vazquez -Anchorage Residency Challenge,” on their contribution.
This link goes directly to Holmes Weddle & Barcott, a law firm in Anchorage: https://secure.lawpay.com/pages/hwb/trust
The group’s goal is to raise $40,000 for the challenge of Judge Herman Walker’s decision that Armstrong said she moved to the district in time, and he was essentially going to accept her word, rather than the words of her social media track record, which indicate otherwise.
Walker delayed releasing his decision by nearly three weeks over the holidays while he left the country on vacation. Legislators are being sworn in on Jan. 17 in Juneau. The Jan. 13 hearing by the Supreme Court will necessitate a speedy decision before that swearing-in.
If sworn into office, Armstrong will be the legislator who has lived in Alaska for barely three and a half years before being seated as one of 40 House members, and will be the legislator with arguably the least time in Alaska in legislative history, deciding everything from funding for schools to whether state taxes should be enacted, and the amount of Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends.