Notes from the trail: Fundraising season’s midsummer


Just 17 days remain before the primary election for all seats on the ballot, and the special general election for Congress. Apply for your absentee ballot here.

No, you will not be mailed a ballot this time — this is going to be an in-person election except for those who request a ballot be sent to them. Just like the old days. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Aug. 6, the same day that regional offices will open from 10 am to 4 pm for absentee and early in-person voting.

A fundraiser for Rep. Laddie Shaw and aspiring House Rep. Jamie Allard drew 50 people out on a hot Thursday evening to the Main Event in Anchorage. A few ice-cold beers were in hand.

The Main Event is a popular venue these days for many Republican candidates. Spotted at the fundraiser were luminaries such as House candidate Dan Saddler, House Rep. David Nelson, hunting legend Mel Gillis, business legend Charlie Bussell, emcee Steve Strait, and a host of citizens who regularly attend Anchorage Assembly meetings. We didn’t spot any Republican Party officers, and we didn’t see Assemblyman Chris Constant or Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar, but there were plenty of well-wishers for Allard and Shaw.

In addition to the estimated $10,000 raised for the campaigns of Allard and Shaw, another $1,375 was raised for scholarships for the Gold Star Peak program, which helps the surviving families of those who have been killed in battle. The group photo above shows the love for veterans, and Gold Star families.

Fairbanks race: Municipal elections in most of the state (except Anchorage and the Mat-Su) are on Oct. 4. Filing for the Oct. 4 election ended at 5 pm today, July 29 for the Fairbanks election. Early voting in this election begins Sept. 19.

Spotted at the Glacier Brewhouse in downtown Anchorage was Fairbanks mayoral candidate David Pruhs with a group of people having a lunchtime fundraiser for his campaign. We think we saw Kenny Gerondale, president of Construction Machinery Inc.; Dana Pruhs of Pruhs Construction, Ashley Reed, Mike Baker, Jason Warfield, Nick Begich, Perry Green, and several others were in the group.

Juneau forum: A forum by the Juneau Radio Center (KINY) for the three congressional candidates on the special general election ballot is scheduled for Aug. 1.

So far, all three special general election candidates, Mary Peltola, Nick Begich, and Sarah Palin, have RSVP’d. But Palin has already ducked out of a commitment to a forum in Fairbanks, so there may be just two.

Before the event, there is a reception for Palin at the Rie Munoz Gallery from 3-5 pm on July 31, which means Palin is scheduled to be in Juneau for 24 hours. The Begich meet-and-greet is from 4-7 pm on Aug. 1 at Mendenhall Auto.

Cathy Tilton fundraiser: About 50 people stopped by the Rep. Cathy Tilton fundraiser in the Valley on Thursday, where we spotted Rep. Kevin McCabe, Wasilla Mayor Glenda Ledford, Crystal Nygard, Sen. Mike and Michelle Shower, Assemblyman Jesse Sumner, Rep. Kevin McCabe, MatSu school board candidate Kathy McCollum, Mat-Su Borough Assemblywoman Dee and George McKee, Mat-Su Borough Mayor Edna and Noel DeVries, Lieutenant Governor candidate Edie Grunwald, Ron and Janet Johnson, and many others.

Tilton has served the Chugiak-Wasilla area since being elected in 2014, and is currently Republican Minority Leader.

Peltola fundraiser in Soldotna: Mary Peltola, the Democrat for Congress, is having a fundraiser on Aug. 3 in Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula. For some reason, there’s an actual business listed as a sponsor, “907 Moving Company,” which probably needs to be dealt with by her fundraising team, since corporations can’t participate in elections like this. It’s an FEC violation.

Republican Senate Majority Fundraiser in Soldotna: At The Catch Restaurant, Gov. Dunleavy was the keynote speaker and the fund for the Senate Majority netted $12,300 in donations. Spotted at the event were Senate candidate Tuckerman Babcock, Rep. Ron Gillham, Rep. Ben and Amy Carpenter, Lt. Gov. Candidate Nancy Dahlstrom, Sen. Roger Holland, Alaska Republican Party District 8 Chairman Wayne Ogle, and Ketchikan’s Trevor Shaw, who is assistant secretary of the Alaska Republican Party. Also, Nelson San Juan, who is assistant commissioner of Labor, Rena Bretz from the Dunleavy campaign, and Jill Schaefer, who reps for the governor on the Kenai.

Endorsement: The Orutsararmiut Native Council in Bethel and the Organized Village of Kwethluk have endorsed Mary Peltola for Congress. Tuckerman Babcock for Alaska Senate says his endorsement list just grew to 318 individual endorsements. Josiah Henry of Delta Junction joined the list of over 100 endorsers of Nick Begich.

Signs: Tuckerman Babcock for Senate has a huge number of signs all over the Kenai Peninsula. At last count it was 87 of the 4×8 signs, perhaps the most of any candidate in the history of elections on the Kenai.


  1. Good.

    One individual. One vote.

    In person.

    As it should always be.

    Save for a legitimate reason to vote absentee.

    • It will still be “Rank” choice. So you’ll need to pick second and third choices etc. If we don’t do that, our chances for a win are greatly reduced.

  2. One person, One Vote, One day. (maybe an “election holiday”) and One day for ALL elections in the state.

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