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Robert Myers survives recount in Fairbanks

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Robert Myers, who challenged Sen. John Coghill for Senate Seat B in Fairbanks-North Pole, has survived the recount that Coghill requested.

The final tally is 1,739 to 1,725, a 14-vote difference.

Coghill was part of the Senate leadership team under Sen. Cathy Giessel, who also lost her seat in the Aug. 18 primary. Voters were upset with the way the budget and the Permanent Fund dividend calculation was handled, and also with the stance that several Republican lawmakers took against Gov. Mike Dunleavy on his attempts to put a spending cap and the Permanent Fund dividend in front of a vote of the people for constitutional amendments.

In House District 23, Republican Connie Dougherty also asked for a recount, after being bested by Cathy Henslee. The winner of that primary will go on to challenge Democrat Chris Tuck in the General Election. That recount has not yet been posted by the Division of Elections.

Myers is behind in fundraising, he ran on a shoestring budget. His main opponent Marna Sanford is well funded with at least $60,000 in her campaign treasury for her Indie-Democrat campaign, much of it coming from outside the district and outside the state. Evan Eads also is on the November ballot as a no-party candidate.

The Democrats have been offering no-party candidates as their preferred alternative to registered Democrats, but this time it bit them because they created a three-way race for the General Election, where two will take on a Republican during a presidential election year, when more Republicans get out and vote.

Myers said the first order of business for him will be to raise funds for his campaign, as he is well-aware that Sanford has a warchest, but also he has to get some hours on the clock at his day job, because he has a mortgage to pay.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • This in a small way made my day.

  • I’m hoping that the misinformation in this is unintentional. For those of you following at home, I am the only candidate in this race who held Senator Coghill accountable on SB91. Robert Myers supported SB91, doesn’t think it caused any increase in crime, and believes it was a good “budget cut.” Marna Sanford helped Coghill write the legislation, and still ardently defends it.

    • Sorry Evan. I’m supporting the Conservative Republican, Robert Myers. You would be my second choice. Independents scare me because 90% of the time they side with the Democrats. On Sanford, she is a snake. Voted against Kavenaugh. Signed the Recall Dunleavy petition. Is supported by Luke Hopkins and all of the radical Lefties in Fairbanks. You should pull your capital together and support Robert Myer. Work something out with him. Ask him if you can work with him in Juneau. Your candidacy helps insure Marna gets elected. Heck, I bet John Coghill, the Preacher Man, helps Marna.

    • Ryan Smith, the defeated R candidate in District 6 told me, when I asked since staff is so important, that you would be his first choice for staff. I really wish you would consider NPP’s suggestion below.

      I REALLY wish a solid candidate would run against Click Bishop. He has been terrible, yet doesn’t get primaried.

      • Janet, that little bit of business is being worked on. Click Bishop, according to some records held in Anchorage, engaged in criminal conduct when he was a union official. Click is not educated and is seen as vulnerable in 2022. Stay tuned!

  • Hooray!

  • I see a huge PFD check in my future. Easy money and no taxes make Alaska the best state for those who ask not what they can give to Alaska, but what Alaska can give to them.

    • Come on dude! You got more game than that, Eric. The PFD had been paid out, under statutory formula and automatic deposit through the PF Corporation, since 1980. Only in 2016 did the pudgy dictator, Bill Walker, veto and refuse to payout the formulated PFD. Only a dictator governor does that.

      • So, will the son of Mr. Republican (Jack Coghill), John Coghill, come out publicly and support the Republican elect, Robert Myers? Or will he act sour grapes and support the Democrat Marna Sanford?

    • You wanting to take other peoples PFD to pay for things you want, is vastly more selfish than people wanting the formula adhered to. They don’t want to take yours, they just want you to leave theirs alone. Try using your own money for the causes you support, instead of demanding it from your neighbors. It will, admittedly be more difficult, but I think you’ll find it a lot more rewarding.

      • Lawrence exactly what I’ve been saying they can do whatever they want with theirs but leave ours alone.

        • Amen- why is that so hard for them? It’s pathological with these folks. They want to tell you what to think so I guess it’s no surprise they want to take your stuff too, but since we don’t think that way it’s always still a little shocking to us.

  • Congratulations, Mr. Myers. You took out Coghill. You are going to get massive support from Conservatives to keep Ms. Sanford from getting into office. She’s a Trojan Horse Democrat with a past that will be exposed.

  • Lawrence, I don’t think you’ve met my neighbors. The guy next door is raising four children between the ages of 7 and 16. He smokes weed all day and there is a steady steam of “friends” who stop by his trailer at all hours of the night. It’s a very popular place when the PFD checks arrive. He uses his kids checks to buy snow machines and motorcycles. I don’t know why I have to pay for the schools these children attend, or pay for the cops who are called, or pay for the roads they drive on. I don’t think I should be asked to pay for the prosecutor who gets the criminals locked up or for the prisons they go to. If the drug addict breaks into my trailer and steals my cash, why should honest citizens like Lawrence be expected to bear even one dime of what it costs to deal with my my sad situation? If it was okay, I would go next door with my shotgun and impose the appropriate penalty quickly and efficiently. The answer is bigger PFD checks for everyone.

    • There outta be a reality TV show about this. “Alaska Trailer Trash With PFD Toyz “

  • Great news! What about Steve Thompson’s race? Any word on that?

    • For your answer, go to the Fairbanks Elks. You can get the info straight from the horse’s mouth.

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