Seven days ago, Nick Begich III announced in Wasilla his campaign to challenge Congressman Don Young. Nick is a Republican who served as Young’s campaign chair during the last election.
A businessman, he is the grandson of former Rep. Nick Begich, who died in a plane crash in October of 1972. Forty-nine years later, Rep. Begich’s grandson is in the race to upset Congressman Young, who has held the seat since 1973.
Today, Nick announced several key endorsements, including Mat-Su Assemblyman Jesse Sumner, Mat-Su School Board member-elect Jubilee Underwood, North Pole Mayor Michael Welch, Wasilla Mayor Glenda Ledford, and Alaska Outdoor Council and hunting enthusiast Carl Nelson, gunsmith and Valley political activist L.D. Howard, drone company founder Amber McDonald, and Republican activist Misty Steed, and former congressional candidate John Nelson.
Nelson, who ran twice against Young in the Republican primary, scraped off more than 18 percent of the Republican vote in his last run. In his endorsement letter he made it clear he won’t be running this time, but will support Nick instead.