Shelley Hughes Files for Alaska State Senate
Representative Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) filed for Senate Seat F today. Senator Bill Stoltze recently announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy in the seat for the 30th Alaska State Legislature convening in 2017. Senate District F encompasses Chugiak, Peters Creek, Fairview Loop, Butte, Eklutna and Greater Palmer.
“I considered filing for Seat F in 2014, but deferred to Senator Stoltze. With Bill’s retirement, combined with our current budget challenge, it’s time I step up to provide the most experienced representation available for the entire senate district,” said Hughes. “Bill Stoltze is an institution in our state legislature. His intellect and acumen will be deeply missed,” added Hughes.
Hughes has represented her House district for four years, consistently stalwart in championing abfiscally conservative approach to contouring the state budget while promoting economic development.
Notable civic leaders have conveyed support for Hughes’ senate bid including Amy Demboski, Larry DeVilbiss, George Owletuck, Janet Kincaid, Crystal Nygard, Pete and Maryann Probasco, and Richard Carr.
“I take my job as a policymaker, serving every person in my district, very seriously,” noted Hughes.
“My strong belief in faith, family and the vast potential of our state remains my driving force, and having family in both Palmer and Peters Creek, give me a great connection to the broader communities of Senate District F.”
Shelley Hughes replaced the late Carl Gatto as a state representative in 2012. A 40-year Alaskan, with 26 years of residency in Mat-Su, Hughes and her husband Roger raised four children in the senate district, and are proud grandparents of five. Hughes has served as Chair of the Economic, Trade and Tourism Committee, Co-Chair of Transportation Committee, Vice-Chair of Labor & Commerce Committee, and on numerous Finance subcommittees targeting budget reductions and efficiencies.
“Before making this decision, it was important to me that someone solid was prepared to step in to serve my House district if I run for Senate. I now know one good person has already filed, so it only seems fair to go ahead and confirm the seat will be open. I made the decision over the weekend in order to settle the speculation about my plans, but for now, my sole focus is wrapping up the legislative session and working toward a responsible fiscal framework for the future,” said Hughes