LEKANOF FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 18, MIDTOWN ANCHORAGE: Last weekend, Anthony Collin Lekanof filed to run against battle-hardened Rep. Harriet Drummond in District 18, a very liberal district. Drummond is a fierce campaigner, but Lekanof, a young Republican, has youth and diversity on his side. He’s 20 years old.
He also has a life story that won’t quit. In 2016, he received AFN’s Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award.
According to his bio, Lekanof was born in Anchorage and raised in St. George Island. His parents are Phillip and Desiree’ Lekanof and his grandparents are Stefanida Lekanof and Anthony “Bone” Lekanof.
He attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Lekanof was an intern for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and has served on the Board of the Alaska Association of Student Governments as a Region V Representative. He is a director of the St. George Tanaq Corporation.
AARON WEAVER, HOUSE DISTRICT 15, EAST ANCHORAGE: Aaron Weaver has filed against Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, who has been shown the door by Alaska Republicans. He was a news photographer/videographer but left his job to run for House. He is a Republican.
STEPHEN DUPLANTIS, HOUSE DISTRICT 24, SOUTH ANCHORAGE: This is a primary contest for Rep. Chuck Kopp, who is midstream in his first term in office for South Anchorage. Duplantis is a Republican. The challenge appears to be in response to crime and SB 91 and SB 54, both crime bills. DuPlantis is an outreach pastor at Anchorage First Assembly church. Earlier, he filed for Assembly, but withdrew.
JERRY NANKERVIS, HOUSE DISTRICT 34, JUNEAU: Challenging Democrat Justin Parish is Jerry Nankervis, a long-time public servant who is on the Assembly and was a police officer for 24 years. He has a degree in conservation and is past president of Juneau Police Department Employee Association, Alaska Police Officers Association Capital City Chapter, past board member, C.I.S.M. team Juneau, and past board member, Juneau Douglas Ice Association. He’s a hockey coach, too. Nankervis, a moderate, switched from unaffiliated to Republican in October.
MARCUS SANDERS, HOUSE DISTRICT 17, ANCHORAGE: Sanders ran for Anchorage Assembly in 2017, coming in third to union-funded Felix Rivera and former Assembly member Don Smith. Born in Anchorage, he attended East High School and is an associate pastor at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Sanders has served on the Fairview Community Council Executive Board, Shiloh Community Housing Executive Board, Rogers Park Community Council, Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force, and as chapain for the Anchorage Police and Fire Departments and Department of Corrections. Sanders is challenging Rep. Andy Josephson.