MAT- SU — The Alaska Division of Elections certified the Aug. 18 primary election with no changes to Mat-Su Valley election results.
State House District 7 ballots gave the Republican nomination to Chris Kurka with 69.35 percent of the ballots cast in the Republican primary. Kurka received 1,724 votes, more than doubling the 762 received by former representative Lynn Gattis. No Democrat ran in the primary for District 7, but Kurka will face off against Undeclared candidate Jamin Burton in the general election. The seat in House District 7 was vacated by current Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard.
Rep. Mark Neuman who co-chaired the House Finance Committee was the only incumbent legislator to lose in the primary election. Kevin McCabe received 64.37 percent of the ballots in the Republican primary for District 8 totaling 1,807 votes to Neuman’s even 1,000. Alma Hartley won the Democratic primary for House District 8 unopposed with 666 votes.
Encompassing House Districts 7 and 8, the crowded race in the Republican primary for Senate Seat D went to incumbent Sen. David Wilson who received 33.89 percent of the ballots in the Republican primary. Wilson received 406 votes more than Stephen Wright, who came in second with 1,330 followed by Loy Thurman, Bee Rupright, Chandra McCain-Finch and Huhnkie Lee. Thomas Lamb received 1,329 votes in the Democratic primary for Senate Seat D. Lamb and Wilson will face off against Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Dan Mayfield in the primary as Mayfield has been certified as a nonpartisan candidate for the general election.
Sen. Shelley Hughes received the most votes of any Valley candidate in any race, receiving 100 percent of the ballot in the Republican primary for Senate Seat F with 4,759 votes. Stephany Jeffers received 1,992 votes in the Democratic primary but has been replaced by former Palmer Mayor Jim Cooper as the Democratic Nominee for Senate F. Senate F encompasses House District’s 11 and 12. Like Hughes, Rep. Cathy Tilton won the Republican primary in District 12 unopposed. Tilton received 2,409 votes in the Republican primary for House District 12. Danny Gray received 928 votes in the Democratic Primary for House District 12 but has withdrawn from the general election. House District 11 Rep. DeLena Johnson won by the widest margin of any incumbent legislator with an opponent. Though Alex Fetta had withdrawn prior to the primary election, Fetta received 550 votes. Johnson received 77.17 percent of the ballots in the Republican Primary with 1,859 votes and will face Andrea Hackbarth in the general election. Hackbarth won the Democratic nomination for House District 11 with 1,050 votes.
Senate E encompasses House District’s 9 and 10 and is represented by Sen. Mike Shower, who is not up for reelection this year. House District 10 saw the closest margin of any Valley races, but incumbent Rep. David Eastman won the Republican primary for House District 10 by just 169 votes. Eastman received 1,589 votes accounting for 52.81 percent of the ballots cast in the District 10 Republican primary while Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jesse Sumner received 1,420. Monica Stein-Olson received 910 votes in the Democratic primary and will face Eastman in the general election.
District 9 Rep. George Rauscher won his race for the Republican nomination with 60.97 percent of the ballots cast in the Republican primary for House District 9. Rauscher received 1,692 votes while Luke “LD” Howard received 1,083.
In races for Federal office, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan won the Republican primary with 65,257 votes. Sullivan received 15,210 votes more than Al Gross, who won the Democratic primary. Gross and Sullivan will face off in the general election for U.S. Senate.
Dean of the House Don Young, Alaska’s only Congressman won the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives with 51,972 votes. However, Alyse Galvin received 1,286 votes more than Young en route to her victory in the Democratic primary for U.S. Congress. Galvin received 53,258 to Young’s 51,972 and both will face each other in the general election.