WASILLA — Rep. Mike Shower made it through his first election in overwhelming fashion. Now the former fighter pilot is ready to move forward.
“Let’s get this campaign over with so we can get to work,” Shower said by phone Tuesday evening from a gathering at the Anchorage Alehouse.
Shower is among seven Valley incumbents who celebrated a strong showing in Alaska’s general election. Shower scored more than 75 percent of the vote in the race for Senate District E, and will return to Juneau after his big win over Democratic challenger Susan Kay.
“Looks like the Valley’s doing solid. It’s looking good for governor, which I’m happy about,” Shower said.
The man Shower was appointed to replace in District E, Mike Dunleavy, appears to be Alaska’s next governor. With 88 percent of the precincts reported, Dunleavy held 52 percent of the vote, nearly 10 points higher than Democratic challenger Mark Begich, a former Anchorage Mayor and U.S. Senator.
Shower said it’s time to ensure Alaska residents have the trust of state leadership.
“If the people are ever going to trust us again, we need to do what we’ve been promising we’re going to do,” Shower said.
Rep. George Rauscher scored a big win in the Primary, the but the House District 9 representative still needed to overcome the challenge of a Democratic nominee and write-in candidate to punch his ticket on a return to Juneau.
Now, Rauscher appears to be headed back to the Capital City. As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday Rauscher held 69.2 percent of the vote.
“I thought it was a long, hard campaign. I’m glad it’s over,” Rauscher said Tuesday night. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad for the turnout of the rest of the numbers, which are looking pretty good too, from what I saw. I’m really excited. I’m really relieved.”
Rauscher is one seven Valley incumbents who jumped out to strong starts on election night. In edition to Shower retaining his senate seat, Rep. Mark Neuman (House District 8), Rep. DeLena Johnson (House District 11) and Rep. Cathy Tilton (House District 12) each have at least 69 percent of the vote in their respective races as of 11:30 p.m.
Rep. David Eastman (House District 10) garnered 57 percent of the vote.
Tilton said she was excited about the results.
“I’m really excited about the races and for how they’re going and for mine,” Tilton said by phone. “I’m really honored that the people in my district put the trust and confidence in me to represent them again.”
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