Kelly Tshibaka drew a large crowd for her first Anchorage fundraiser, held in a hangar along Lake Hood on Wednesday. Over 100 people attended the traditional meet-and-greet to learn more about the Alaska-born-and-raised mom and hockey player who is running for U.S. Senate.
Tshibaka said “Forty years is enough,” for the Murkowskis to own the seat in Congress. She was referring to the fact that Frank Murkowski was elected to the seat in 1980, and appointed his daughter Lisa to the seat in 2002.
This was Tshibaka’s first Anchorage fundraiser for her run for Senate. On Friday she heads to Fairbanks for two days, and then it’s back to the Mat-Su Valley for the Palmer Gun Show over the weekend.
The open primary is over a year away and it’s evident that three-term Republican Lisa Murkowski is seeking a fourth term. On March 16, the Alaska Republican Party voted to censure Murkowski, and formally announced that they would recruit a primary challenge to her, and also to prevent her from as running as a Republican “to the extent legally permissible.”
Ballot Measure 2 has created an open primary, and so Tshibaka, Murkowski, and others will all appear together on the August ballot, and the top-four vote getters will appear on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot in 2022.