MAT-SU — Mat-Su Valley residents will have the chance to vote for two Alaska State Senate seats and five Alaska House of Representatives seats this fall along with elections for the United States Senate, Representatives and President. The dates for the primary election to select candidates for each party will be on Aug. 18, but some candidates will also appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 3 that are not running in primary races.
In Senate District D which covers the Wasilla area and stretches West to Big Lake, Republican David Wilson has held the seat since 2017. House District’s 7 and 8 make up Senate District D. Wilson will face five challengers in the most crowded out of all the August primary elections. Huhnkie Lee, Chandra McCain-Finch, Bernadette Rupright, Loy Thurman and Stephen Wright are all running against Wilson in the Republican Primary. Thomas Lamb is running unopposed as a nonpartisan candidate in the Democratic Primary. Mat-Su Borough Assembly member Dan Mayfield is running as a nonpartisan candidate and will also be featured on the ballot in the general election pending submission of signatures.
Senate District F covers the greater Palmer area, stretching east past Butte and has been represented by Shelley Hughes since 2017. Hughes is running unopposed in the Republican Primary, as is undeclared candidate Stephany Jeffers of Chugiak running unopposed in the Democratic Primary. Libertarian candidate Gavin Christiansen and non-affiliated candidate Allan Riordan-Randall will both appear on the November General Election ballot, pending submission of signatures.
House District 7 in Wasilla is unique among races in the Mat-Su Valley in that it has no incumbent candidate as Colleen Sullivan-Leonard has chosen not to run for reelection after representing Wasilla in the House since 2017. Chris Kurka and Lynn Gattis will face each other in the Republican Primary in August. Jamin Burton is also running as an undeclared candidate and has certified his candidacy. Burton will appear on the November General Election ballot and face either Gattis or Kurka for the District 7 seat.
House District 8 borders Wasilla and stretches east to Big Lake and along the Knik River down Knik-Goose Bay Road. Republican Mark Neuman has represented District 8 in the House since 2005 and is running against Kevin McCabe in the August primary. Alma Hartley is a Democrat running unopposed in the Democratic Primary. Non-affiliated candidate Billy Fikes Jr., will also appear on the November general election ballot pending submission of signatures.
House District 9 is part of Senate District E and represents the Valley communities northeast of Palmer, covering Lazy Mountain, Sutton and the Palmer Fishhook area. District 9 has been represented by Republican George Rauscher since 2017. Rauscher will face Luke “LD” Howard in the August Primary. Democrat Bill Johnson is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary and will face either Rauscher or Howard in the general election in November.
House District 10 borders Wasilla and stretches northwest, covering the Houston, Meadow Lakes, Talkeetna and Tanaina areas and has been represented by David Eastman since 2017. Eastman will face Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jesse Sumner in the August primary. Monica Stein-Olson is the only Democrat running in the Democratic Primary. Patricia Faye-Brazel has filed as a nonpartisan candidate and will also appear on the November general election ballot pending submission of signatures.
House District 11 encompasses the Palmer area and has been represented by Republican DeLena Johnson since 2017. Johnson will face Alex Fetta in the August primary. Andrea Hackbarth is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary and will face either Fetta or Johnson in the November general election.
House District 12 borders Palmer and covers the Butte area stretching south to Chugiak and has been represented by Republican Cathy Tilton since 2015. Tilton is running unopposed in the Republican Primary. Danny Gray has filed as a nonpartisan candidate in the Democratic Primary and will face Tilton in the November general election.
Republican Senator Dan Sullivan has represented Alaska as one of the state’s two senators since 2015 and will not face any challengers in the August primary. John Howe of Fairbanks has filed as a candidate with the Alaska Independence Party. Democrat candidate Edgar Blatchford of Anchorage will face nonpartisan candidates Chris Cumings of Ketchikan and Al Gross of Anchorage in the Democratic Primary in August. Nonpartisan candidate Sid Hill of Palmer and Jed Whittaker of Ketchikan, who has filed with the Green Party will also appear on the November general election pending submission of signatures.
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Republican Don Young has served as Alaska’s U.S. Representative in Congress since 1973 and took over as the 45th Dean of the House in 2017 as the longest serving member of Congress. Young will face John Nelson of Chugiak and Gerald Heikes of Palmer in the August primary. Democratic candidates Bill Hibler of Fairbanks and Ray Sean Tugatuk of Manakotak will face nonpartisan candidate Alyse Galvin of Anchorage in the Democratic Primary.