Sen. Shelley Hughes made it official this week, filing for reelection for Senate Seat F, Palmer.
Hughes has lived in Alaska 43 years and in Palmer 29 years. With her husband Roger, she raised four children and now is grandmother to seven. She served for four years in the State House, and three in the Senate.
In her last election, she was primary challenged by Steve St. Clair and Adam Crum, and won in the solidly Republican district.
There’s a primary challenge in Eagle River. Ken McCarty has filed as a Republican against incumbent Rep. Sharon Jackson, who serves Eagle River District 13. McCarty applied to be chosen as representative when Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom became the commissioner of Corrections at the outset of the Dunleavy Administration, but Gov. Mike Dunleavy selected Jackson to serve out that term. This will be Jackson’s first run for the seat. She was previously a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Rep. Tammie Wilson filed for the state primary this week, but did not specify if she is running for her own House seat or if she’s going to challenge Sen. John Coghill, as has been rumored.
Both are up for re-election; Coghill filed with Alaska Public Offices Commission in November for Seat B, Fairbanks / North Pole.