MAT-SU — Rep. Cathy Tilton took home the largest margin of victory of any Valley legislator Tuesday night. Tilton ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and steamrolled first-time candidate Stephany Jeffers, the undeclared Democratic nominee in Tuesday night’s general election.
“I’m really honored that the people in my district put the trust and confidence in me to represent them again,” Tilton said.
Tilton was a freshman legislator when SB91 was introduced, and centered her campaign around the fact that she was one of the few who did not vote for the omnibus prison reform bill.
Tilton received 5,457 votes for 76.09 percent of the vote in District 12. Jeffers received 1,690 votes for 23.56 percent of the total ballots cast. Jeffers ran a campaign free of political mudslinging, and was admittedly not angry with Tilton. Jeffers respected the Democratic process enough to step up and run when no one else would, ensuring that Tilton would not run unopposed for her seat.
“The next step for us is to see what the evening provides us with as far as numbers for the house, getting the house in order and getting back to work,” Tilton said from the Anchorage Alehouse, gathered with many other Valley legislators celebrating wins.
Tilton had extensive experience working for the Wasilla mayor and as a legislative aide prior to being elected, and will continue to represent the people of District 12 for two more years.
“Work is fun,” Tilton said.
Tilton joined in the chorus with the rest of the incumbent Valley legislators who were happy to see Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy elected to the governor’s office.
“It’s absolutely fabulous for the Valley. It will be awesome to work with a Governor who is working with us and knows and understands the things that the people in the Valley go through, like commuting and our roads and our issues,” Tilton said.