WRITES THAT PARTY ACTIVISTS ARE PETULANT, PETTY
Kenai’s Gary Knopp has responded to District 30 Republicans, saying he has no intention of withdrawing from running for reelection to the Alaska House of Representatives, and he’ll run as a Republican.
Last week, GOP District Chairman Randy Daly wrote Knopp a letter telling him that the district Republicans didn’t want him running on their ticket.
“I represent all of my constituents, not just a handful of short-sighted individuals,” Knopp wrote. “Many people in our party have divergent views on many issues that will face the Legislature next session. It’s important that all Republican voices are heard. Most of us are hardworking compassionate people who know that it is working together not rancor and extreme viewpoints that bring results.”
Knopp said that Daly’s letter was dishonest, petulant and petty, and that of all the candidates running for District 30, he is the best one to save jobs and businesses.
“I don’t know why you would fight against someone as qualified as I am unless you simply don’t have our community’s best interest in mind,” he wrote.
Monday was the final day for candidates to file for District 30. Filing as Republicans were Knopp, Kelly Wolf, and Ron Gillham. No Democrats filed for the seat.
The candidates have until June 29 to withdraw from the primary.
Filing as a non-party candidate for the General Election ballot is James Baisden, who will go up against whoever wins the Republican Primary.