Nearly 75,000 ballots have been cast in the special primary election for Alaska’s lone seat in Congress. This primary, which ends June 11, is mail-in, is for the temporary seat to finish out Congressman Don Young’s term, and has 48 names on the ballot.
Petersburg sighting: Spotted at the Little Norway Festival in Petersburg, Nick Begich for Congress, the man himself, riding in the back of a truck during the parade, along with the mayor of Petersburg, tossing candy to folks during the festivities, including none other than Alan Gross, who was not in the parade but is among the candidates running for Congress.
China Bill: Noticed in Petersburg, there are a lot of Walker-Dryas signs in the community that is commercial-fishing oriented. Heidi Drygas, the other half of the Walker-Drygas for governor-lt.gov campaign, was in the parade pulling. child’s wagon.
Gross report: Alan Gross continues to campaign on abortion-for-all.
Endorsements: Alan Gross says he is “Honored to have the endorsement of the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee. As Alaska’s congressman, fighting for reproductive rights and constitutional equality for all people will be at the center of my work.” Chris Constant for Congress for the endorsement of Debra Call, the former running mate of Mark Begich when he ran for governor. Mark Anthony Cox of Anchorage, running for State Senate (Taku/Campbell/Bayshore/Klatt/Old Seward/Oceanview), has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka for U.S. Senate.
Revak’s war on Santa mash-up: Someone sent MRAK this cutting mash-up that asks the question: Is congressional candidate Josh Revak seething at Santa because he got coal in his stocking at Christmas?
Ask Sweeney anything: Tara Sweeney, running for Congress, will have a live Facebook event on Monday, May 23, at 4 pm, when people can ask her questions. Here is he link. http://facebook.com/taraforalaska.
Peltola courts AFN: Mary Peltola, running for Congress, met with a group from Alaska Federation of Natives “to talk with leaders in our state helping to grow our economy and uphold our Native rights. We had a long talk about Alaska’s future.”
Santa Claus at 75: Running for Congress, Santa Claus of North Pole turned 75 this week and said “I am thankful for everyone who is independently being very creative supporting my campaign for the Special Election via Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Reddit, etc., making signs, canvassing, calling, etc. Thank you :-)}.” On Twitter, he’s known as @RadicalSanta, but his campaign handle is @SantaClausforAK. Here’s his video thanking people:
Constant Comment: Things have been quiet over at the Constant for Congress campaign, but we note that after we asked the question about who was writing his articles on his campaign web page (Who is “DOM Team, we asked), the byline has been suddenly changed to Christopher Constant, but it’s still being written in the third person voice. On Twitter, he writes in first person, “I am a firm believer that housing is the solution to homelessness, and that no one should lose their housing based on addiction or behavioral health issues.” A guaranteed right to housing is part of his platform.
Sign-waving season: An impromptu group in Delta Junction was out waving Nick for Congress signs this week, even though the candidate was in Homer and then in Petersburg. We’re bound to see more sign-waving as we head into the final 20 days of campaigning for the special primary election for replacing Alaska’s congressional representative.
Tiffany Zulkosky is out: Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky is done with the Legislature for now. She will not be running for reelection. The seat representing Bethel and surrounding area is hard Democrat.
Ivy Spohnholz is out: Likely back to the nonprofit sector is the next thing for Rep. Ivy Spohnholz of East Anchorage. Hers is a lean-left seat, and will be a tough one for a conservative to win. A walk down memory lane with Spohnholz.