KEVIN MEYER FOR LG GETS SOLID SUPPORT IN BOTH PLACES
Mead Treadwell, running for governor of Alaska as a Republican, won strong support in a straw poll conducted at the Blueberry Festival in Ketchikan on Saturday.
Treadwell got 25 votes to competitor Mike Dunleavy’s 10 votes. None of the other gubernatorial candidates running on the Republican ticket received votes.
In the lieutenant governor category, it was Kevin Meyer dominating the board, with Sharon Jackson winning votes as well, and no other candidate gaining support.
Both Treadwell and Meyer attended the Blueberry Festival, the biggest event of the year in Ketchikan.
Rep. Don Young swept the board at the straw poll, which was conducted by District 36 Republicans and the First City Republican Women’s Club.
While straw poll results are not scientific, they may represent a general view of how the races are shaping up in Ketchikan.
In 2016, Ketchikan was a stronghold for Donald Trump for president, and Don Young is especially strong in this Republican-leaning district. However, two years earlier, the First City voted only slightly more for Republican Sean Parnell than it did for Bill Walker, who ran as a petition candidate with Democrat Party endorsement.
WASILLA STRAW POLL RESULTS
Last week at the candidate forum at the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, the straw poll conducted after the forum, which included Democrats, Libertarian, and petition candidates, had these results:
Mike Dunleavy 46%
Bill Walker 23%
Mead Treadwell 14%
Mark Begich 8%
Michael Sheldon 6%
Darin Colby 1%
William Toien 1%
Kevin Meyer 31%
Edie Grunwald 26%
Byron Mallott 23%
Debra Call 7%