Primary elections set

14 candidates file for five local seats


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Some hotly contested races should give political junkies their fix between now and the Aug. 28 primary elections.

In one key race, recently redrawn legislative district boundaries mean that an East Anchorage Democratic primary showdown will have a big impact on an Eagle River Republican representative’s run for the State Senate. That’s because the East Anchorage seat held by Sen. Bettye Davis — which will now also include Hiland Road and the Ft. Richardson side of JBER — will be contested in the primary by Harry Crawford, another well-known politician and former state representative. The winner of that primary race will vie to face State Rep. Anna Fairclough in the Nov. 6 general election.

The filing deadline for this fall’s election was June 1.

Each of the five legislative seats that cover the greater Chugiak-Eagle River area will feature at least one contested primary.

Two house seats will be determined solely on the primary election results, with no Democrats filing to run by the deadline.

In House District 11, Republican incumbent Bill Stoltze, of Chugiak, will face fellow Chugiak resident Thomas Connelly for the right to represent the area stretching from Chugiak around Knik Arm. In House Distict 12 (Eagle River, Fort Richardson, Birchwood), incumbent Republican Dan Saddler, of Eagle River, will face challenger Glen Eichenlaub, also of Eagle River, in a winner-take-all primary.

With Fairclough jumping into a senate race, competition looks to be fierce for the vacant District 26 House seat that now includes Arctic Valley, Hiland Road and the Eagle River Valley. There, three Eagle River Republicans — Lora Reinbold, Kim Skipper and Larry Wood — will do battle in the primary with the goal of facing unopposed Eagle River Democrat Roberta Goughnour in the general election.

Finally, Republican Sen. Fred Dyson is safe in the primary election, but there are two Democrats looking to face the Eagle River incumbent in the general election for Senate District F, which wraps around Knik Arm from Fort Rich to Knik. Daniel Elliott, of Wasilla, will face Martin Lindeke, of Eagle River, for the seat.

Also filing by the deadline were a pair of Eagle River residents who will try to unseat U.S. Sen. Don Young. Terre Gales will face Young in the Republican primary, while Democrat Doug Urquidi has filed to run as one of five Democrats.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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