Congressional candidate Nick Begich spent time on the Kenai Peninsula last week, including attending a Soldotna fundraising even organized by his campaign’s regional chairwoman Cindy Glassmaker, and co-hosted by State House Reps. Ben Carpenter, Justin Ruffridge, and Sarah Vance, as well as Borough Mayor (and former Senate President) Peter Micciche.
Other co-hosts were Kristie and Tuckerman Babcock, Barb and Norm Blakely, Jill and Chad Schaefer, former House Speaker Mike Chenault, former Rep. Ron and Pam Gillham, and dozens others, including Kenai Peninsula Republican Women of Alaska.
Begich is making his second run for Congress. He is a Republican challenging incumbent Democrat Mary Peltola, who was in Washington, D.C. on Friday, voting for radical Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for House Speaker. Jeffries wants to lock up the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area that had originally been set aside for oil development. Peltola returned on Saturday to attend and address the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage, where she received multiple standing ovations.