Tilton to run for State House District 12
Cathy Tilton, a local advocate and successful businesswoman, announced her candidacy to replace Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak) in the upcoming election.
Tilton is a lifelong Alaskan and long-time Valley resident, having first moved to Big Lake from Anchorage in 1980. Since the mid-1980s she’s lived in the Fairview neighborhood of Wasilla.
At approximately 3 p.m. of May 29, Tilton filed all necessary paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission and the Alaska Division of Elections to declare her candidacy for Alaska State House District 12.
The new district lines for House District 12 encompass all or part(s) of Butte, Chugiak, Eklutna, Fairview and Peters Creek.
Rep. Bill Stolze decided to vacate his House seat to run for the State Senate due to the most recent redistricting plan and the retirement of another veteran lawmaker, Sen. Fred Dyson.
In addition to her local businesses and work with local non-profits, Tilton has spent the last four years as a key aide with the powerful House and Senate Finance Committees.
During the 2014 legislative session, Tilton played a critical role in reducing the Department of Health and Social Services budget in the face of declining state revenues. She also helped guide the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) legislation to final passage during the closing hours of the session and was integrally involved in the development of the final version of the omnibus Crime Bill (SB 64), which proposed sweeping reforms, particularly in the area of recidivism reduction.
Tilton commented, “Alaska and the MatSu Valley have provided me and my family tremendous opportunities. I’ve been able to build several successful businesses and my kids have received world-class educations. I viewed that running for this seat was a new opportunity to give back to the community that has given my family so much.”