Anchorage-Eagle River Senate races

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:11am


Eagle River, Fort Richardson

Voters: 23,963

Democrats: 2,413

Republicans: 6,357

Other: 8,505

Race at a glance: Dyson, a member of the Senate four-member minority, is seeking a fourth term in the upper body after serving in the House from 1996-2002. Dyson should have no trouble here in a heavily GOP district. Less than 5% of Democratic voters turned out for the primary, giving Lindeke 859 votes compared to the 3,352 for Dyson with both running unopposed.


MidtownVoters: 23,583

Democrats: 4,422

Republicans: 4,754

Other: 14,407

Race at a glance: Gardner is attempting to move up from the House to the Senate against a former state legislator and current Anchorage School Board member who touts himself as the author of Anchorage’s property tax cap. This could be a close race, with both candidates well-known and a fairly even party breakdown in the district. Gardner received 2,348 votes compared to the combined total of 2,231 cast in the GOP primary between Smith and Clint Hess. Gardner raised nearly $45,000 during the primary; Smith raised $21,000.


West Anchorage

Voters: 25,127

Democrats: 3,774

Republicans: 6,372

Other: 14,981

Race at a glance: French has been the leading critic of Gov. Parnell’s oil tax reform, and is now in a redistricted race that now has about 2,600 more registered Republicans than Democrats. In the GOP primary between Bell and Liz Vasquez, a total of 4,332 votes were cast. French has a large warchest, with about $88,700 on hand after raising about $120,600 through the primary. Bell raised about $70,000 during the primary, spending nearly $53,000 to win his race. This will be one the most closely watched races of the election.


East Anchorage between Huffman Road and Dowling Road

Voters: 24,479

Democrats: 3,427

Republicans: 7,091

Other: 13,961

Race at a glance: Another easy retention for the GOP. Meyer, the current Senate Majority Leader, enjoys a 2-1 advantage between Republicans and Democrats in the district. Meyer served in the House from 2000-08 before winning his seat in the Senate. He raised about $57,000 in the primary, finishing with more than $40,000 in cash. Hale reported no campaign income during the primary.


Muldoon, Elmendorf Air Force Base

Voters: 23,577

Democrats: 4,064

Republicans: 6,357

Other: 13,156

Race at a glance: Wielechowski has been one of the most vocal critics of Gov. Parnell’s plan to reduce oil taxes and will be a major target this election judging by the amount his opponent has raised. Roses raised nearly $62,000 during the primary, finishing with about $20,000 in cash. Wielechowski raised about $64,000 during the primary, finishing with about $47,000 in cash. Roses is a former teacher, business owner and served a single term in the House from 2006-08. Wielechowski was first elected in 2006.


West Anchorage and Fairview

Voters: 21,828

Democrats: 4,918

Republicans: 3,518

Other: 13,392

Race at a glance: Ellis will cruise to another term in the legislature in this heavily Democratic district. Ellis has served in the Senate since 1992, and was in the House from 1986-92. Ellis received about twice as many votes as his GOP challenger in the primary and raised about $41,000. Kendall only raised $85 in the primary


South of Tudor Road, between Minnesota and New Seward

Voters: 24,556

Democrats: 3,483

Republicans: 6,898

Other: 14,175

Race at a glance: McGuire won the GOP primary handily against challenger Jeff Landfield, picking up 56% of the vote, and should secure a third term in the state Senate, having first been elected to her seat in 2006 and reelected in 2010. It’s a seat the Democrats aren’t contesting, Cacy raised less than $400 in the primary. McGuire raised more than $51,000 in the primary, spending about $40,000 to win the nomination.


East Anchorage, Eagle River

Voters: 28,367

Democrats: 3,818

Republicans: 9,612

Other: 14,937

Race at a glance: Davis’ district now leans heavily GOP by including Eagle River. Fairclough is the current representative for Eagle River; Davis survived against former Eagle River Rep. Harry Crawford by just more than 100 votes. However, Fairclough receieved more than 5,000 votes in her uncontested primary compared to the 2,747 ballots cast in the Democrat primary. Fairclough raised more than $88,000 in the primary and finished with more than $57,000 in cash. Davis raised about $78,000 in the primary, finishing with $40K.


Northeast Anchorage, Muldoon, Elmendorf AFB

Voters: 11,574

Democrats: 1,931

Republicans: 3,509

Other: 6,134

Race at a glance: LeDoux is running for a second stint in the House after representing Kodiak from 2005-09. An unusual twist in the race after Hal Gazaway withdrew after the primary and was replaced by Rollison, a self-employed consultant who ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 and worked for the DOT&PF Civil Rights Office from 1990-99. LeDoux started the election season with more than $46,000 in funds, giving her a significant leg up on the late-entry from Rollison.


U-Med district, bordered by New Seward, Dowling & Bragaw

Voters: 11,322

Democrats: 2,046

Republicans: 2,453

Other: 6,823

Race at a glance: Josephson, a former teacher and state prosecutor, is running against Traini, a current Anchorage Assembly member and former chair of the body. Traini campaiged on ending vehicle emissions testing in Anchorage. More recently, he reversed his position on an ordinance prohibiting sitting on city sidewalks, saying he misunderstood the ACLU position and is now against the measure. Josephson raised about $37,000 during the primary; Traini raised about $3,350.


Mountain View

Voters: 9,500

Democrats: 2,133

Republicans: 1,350

Other: 6,017

Race at a glance: Tarr should do well in this heavily Democratic district; Democrat votes outnumbered GOP in the primary by about 2-1. Tarr is the Airport Heights Community Council president, and has been appointed to lead the Anchorage Women’s Commission by both former Mayor Mark Begich and current Mayor Dan Sullivan. She has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by the Journal of Commerce, is a member of the faculty at UAA and is the executive director of the Alliance for Reproductive Justice.


West Anchorage

Voters: 12,784

Democrats: 2,148

Republicans: 2,981

Other: 7,655

Race at a glance: Holmes is a three-term incumbent facing the political newcomer. Both were unopposed in the primary, with Holmes receiving 1,467 votes to Dubey’s 1,652. It’s a high IQ race, with Holmes holding a master’s from Stanford and a law degree from University if Chicago; Dubey has a degree in chemical engineering, an MBA and owns an IT firm. Holmes raised $38,707 in the primary, finishing with about $23,000; Dubey raised about $14,000 in the primary, finishing with about $5,000 cash on hand.


Southwest Anchorage

Voters: 13,091

Democrats: 1,659

Republicans: 4,100

Other: 7,332

Race at a glance: Three-term incumbent Johnson has a smooth path to reelection in this heavily GOP district. In an uncontested primary, Johnson garnered 2,187 votes, nearly three times as many as Dominguez, who also ran unopposed. Dominguez is a business manager for a statewide grocery brokerage firm, and on her campaign website she states her opposition to Pebble mine based on the assertion companies like those developing Pebble “come into areas and pillage and rape the land.”


South Anchorage, from Abbott to Huffman, New Seward to Hillside

Voters: 12,645

Democrats: 1,724

Republicans: 3,922

Other: 6,999

Race at a glance: Lynn has served in the House since 2003; Marroquin has a long history working in public finance with 24 years at the state departments of Health and Social Services and Transportation and Public Facilities. She also was in charge of running elections in Anchorage for six years until 2009. Lynn raised about $24,000 during the primary season, spending only about $5,500. Marroquin raised about $9,400 during the primary, and finished with less than $1,700 in cash.


East Anchorage, from Campbell Airstrip Road to Debarr

Voters: 13,299

Democrats: 2,258

Republicans: 3,672

Other: 7,369

Race at a glance: It’s incumbent vs. incumbent in this race. Petersen has served in the House since 2008; Pruitt is running for a second term. There were 1,705 ballots cast in the Democratic primary compared to 1,875 in the GOP race. Petersen has been active in the issue of high gas prices for Alaskans and finished the primary season with about $34,000 in cash. Pruitt finished with a decent cash advantage. He’s raised $57,000 and finished the primary with $45,600 in cash.


Tudor Road to 5th Avenue, from Wesleyan Drive to Baxter

Voters: 12,003

Democrats: 2,133

Republicans: 2,848

Other: 7,022

Race at a glance: Gruenberg is the incumbent in the race with a long legislative history, having served from 1985-93 in addition to holding his current seat since 2003. Hadley is a former teacher and political newcomer. Neither had an opponent in the primary, with Hadley garnering 1,226 votes compared to 1,067 for Gruenberg. Of the $6,218 Hadley raised during the primary, $3,000 came from his own pocket. Gruenberg finished the primary season with about $26,000 in cash on hand.


Mostly west of New Seward, between Tudor and Chester Creek

Voters: 12,261

Democrats: 2,376

Republicans: 2,301

Other: 7,584

Race at a glance: Drummond is well-known in the district, having served on the Anchorage Assembly since 2008. Crawford, a fourth-generation Alaskan and a real estate management company owner, is making his first run for office. Defeating Drummond will be a challenge in one of the few Alaska districts where Democrats outnumber Republicans. Drummond also raised $41,030 before the primary compared to Crawford, who funded more than half of his campaign’s $6,000 in contributions.


Chester Creek to Elmendorf, Cook Inlet to Merrill Field

Voters: 12,328

Democrats: 2,785

Republicans: 2,168

Other: 7,375

Race at a glance: Gara has served in the House since 2003, his district still leans heavily Democratic and he looks poised for an easy reelection. Gara received twice as many votes in the primary as did Eichenlaub, with 1,561 votes to 754. Eichenlaub, a network administrator running as a conservative, appears to be an unknown in the district, as about 25 percent of the 1,006 GOP primary voters did not cast a ballot for him despite running unopposed. Gara raised $46,500 in the primary, finishing with $30,000; Eichenlaub spent just $100.


West Anchorage, Jewel Lake and Sand Lake, Kincaid

Voters: 12,343

Democrats: 1,626

Republicans: 3,391

Other: 7,326

Race at a glance: Costello is seeking her second term; Scannell is making her first run for office after serving as a chief of staff in the last legislative session. Scannell’s website gives privacy encroachments after 9/11 and her dislike of business as usual in Juneau as her reasons for running. Costello landed a plum assignment on the Finance Committee as a freshman legislator, and raised about $41,000 in the primary, finishing with $27,000 in cash. Scannell raised about $9,000.


Between Tudor and 100th, from New Seward to Minnesota

Voters: 11,465

Democrats: 1,824

Republicans: 2,798

Other: 6,843

Race at a glance: Incumbent Tuck may face a tougher challenge after redistricting, with GOP voters now numbering about 1,000 more than Democrats. Tuck raised about $22,000 through the primary, finishing with about $10,000 in cash. Vaught raised nearly as much, about $18,000, and finished with $6,500 in cash. Vaught, currently a tax consultant, is also the co-chair of the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. Tuck currently sits on the House Energy, Resources and Economic Development committees.


Southeast Anchorage between Abbott and Dowling/Tudor

Voters: 11,834

Democrats: 1,703

Republicans: 3,169

Other: 6,962

Race at a glance: Millett is seeking a third term; Higgins, was chair of the state Democratic Party from 2007 to May 2012. Higgins raised more than Millett in the primary season, with about $18,700, but she also spent far more and finished with less than $1,000 in cash. Millett raised just more than $17,000 but spent just $5,729. Millett was the source of some unflattering headlines after the 2010 election, when she and Ketchikan Rep. Johansen walked out of the majority caucus, and were dubbed the “Love Caucus.”


Eagle RiverVoters: 15,068

Democrats: 1,560

Republicans: 5,940

Other: 7,568

Race at a glance: Reinbold has a clear inside track in the second-most Republican district in the state. Only North Pole has a higher percentage of registered GOP voters. Reinbold, who has worked largely in health care management, won a 3-way primary with 46% of the vote among nearly 3,500 ballots cast. Reinbold raised more than $54,000 during the primary, spending more than $51,000 to win her race. Goughnour, an HR manager for Ahtna, raised about $6,000.


Fairbanks, Valdez, Palmer

Voters: 25,141

Democrats: 3,075

Republicans: 7,307

Other: 14,759

Race at a glance: With the Interior, Prince William Sound and the Valley, this new district includes a full range of Alaska communities. The former Labor Commissioner Bishop is the favorite in a GOP-leaning district, which easily had the most expensive primary of any race. Bishop raised nearly $100,000 and spent more than $70,000, winning a 3-way race against Ralph Seekins and David Eastman. He should have it easier against Sudkamp, who raised less than $500 through the August primary.


Haines, Sitka, Wrangell Borough

Voters: 26,325

Democrats: 3,956

Republicans: 5,930

Other: 16,439

Race at a glance: An intriguing race between two incumbents thanks to redistricting. Stedman has served in the Senate since 2002; Kookesh was in the House from 1997-2004, and in the Senate since then. If primary turnout was an indication, Kookesh is at a disadvantage. Both were unopposed, but twice as many GOP ballots were cast. Kookesh had about $20K after the primary; Stedman raised about $25K and spent about $20K. It’s a chance for a GOP pickup, although Stedman isn’t a supporter of Parnell’s oil tax cut.


Kuskokwim Delta, Kodiak, Yakutat

Voters: 22,059

Democrats: 3,932

Republicans: 4,787

Other: 13,340

Race at a glance: The Senate President shouldn’t have much to worry about against “Moose” Henrichs, who hasn’t filed any campaign donation reports, although he did garner 1,652 votes compared to 2,205 for Stevens in their respective primaries. Henrichs is a former director of Chugach Corp., and lost an appeal in 2011 when the Alaska Supreme Court upheld a verdict against him that during a six-month stint chairing the board in 2004 he’d abused corporate funds and breached his fiduciary duties.


Nortwest Alaska, North Slope to PanhandleVoters: 20,224

Democrats: 4,200 Republicans: 3,337

Other: 12,687

Race at a glance: Olson has won three terms from Nome, and should be in good shape in one of just three of 20 Alaska Senate districts where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans (Senate Districts S and I are the others). Both unopposed in the primary, Olson received about 2,000 more votes than Minish. In the largest geographic district on the map, Minish raised only $2,000 in the primary season; Olson had about $45,000 in cash after the primary.


Haines, Sitka

Voters: 13,679

Democrats: 2,617

Republicans: 2,525

Other: 8,537

Race at a glance: Thomas has served in the House since 2004 and faces the Yale graduate and active Democrat who organized for Howard Dean at age 13. Thomas has a hefty money advantage with more than $60K raised before the primary and about $35K in cash. Kriess-Tomkins outperformed Thomas in the primary, with 1,465 votes to Thomas’ 1,094 and raised nearly $15,000 in the primary, not bad for a first-time candidate.


Kuskokwim Delta, Northeast of Bristol Bay, Dillingham

Voters: 9,800

Democrats: 2,461

Republicans: 1,341

Other: 5,998

Race at a glance: Edgmon has served three terms since first being elected in 2006. He’s facing the son of Carl Morgan, the former mayor of Aniak who served three terms as a Republican from 1998-2004. Edgmon, who has caucused with the Republicans since being elected, raised about $14,000 during the primary, while Morgan Jr. reported no campaign donations.


Fairbanks to Yukon Delta

Voters: 11,041

Democrats: 2,206

Republicans: 1,838

Other: 6,997

Race at a glance: Another incumbent v. incumbent matchup thanks to redistricting. Dick, of Fairbanks, is competing in a district that now stretches all the way to Hooper Bay on the Western Alaska coast. Dick raised about $27,000 for the primary seeking a second term, finishing with about $10,600; Guttenberg should be better known in the district after five terms. He raised about $22,000 in the primary, finishing with more than $15,000 in cash


Skagway, Juneau, Petersburg, Ketchikan

Voters: 12,646

Democrats: 1,339

Republicans: 3,405

Other: 7,902

Race at a glance: The only 3-way race, with redistricting pitting Wilson, a 12-year incumbent, against Johansen, a 6-year incumbent, and Ketchikan City Councilman Olsen. The twist is that Johansen withdrew from the GOP primary to run as an independent rather than face Wilson. Johansen angered his constituents in 2010 when he gave up his majority leader position after the caucus wouldn’t give fellow Rep. Charisse Millett her desired committee assignments, earning the pair the “Love Caucus” nickname.


Palmer Voters: 12,132

Democrats: 1,029

Republicans: 4,111

Other: 6,992

Race at a glance: Feige seeks a second term in a district where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 4-1. Feige, a pilot and Army veteran, won his primary against George Rauscher by 172 votes, 53% to 46% among about 2,600 ballots cast. Duhamel, a special needs children therapist from a farm family in Sutton, raised and spent about $7,000 during the primary season. Feige raised about $17,000 and spent $15,000 during the primary.



Voters: 12,366

Democrats: 1,098

Republicans: 4,376

Other: 6,892

Race at a glance: Merrifield, a political newcomer, takes on Gattis, a local business owner who was elected to the School Board in 2010. Gattis won the primary fairly handily against Mark Ewing, 61% to 38%, raising about $23,000 and spending about $21,000. Merrifield, a Fairbanks native with an impressive construction background, raised about $14,500 in the primary season, and spent about $12,500. Both are running on improving infrastructure, but Gattis has the edge in deep GOP territory.


Wasilla, Big Lake

Voters: 10,952

Democrats: 775

Republicans: 3,818

Other: 6,359

Race at a glance: Won’t be much drama in this race for incumbent Neuman, who was first elected in 2004. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary, and Neuman drew about five times as many votes Aug. 28. He raised about $14,000 during the primary season compared to about $1,700 for Rahn.


Wasilla, Big Lake

Voters: 23,318

Democrats: 1,873 Republicans: 8,194

Other: 13,251

Race at a glance: Huggins should sail to a third term in the Senate, having first been elected in 2004. Registered GOP voters outnumber Democrats by about 4-1 in the district. Huggins, a former Army Ranger who was awarded both a Bronze and Silver star, is the leader of the four-member Senate minority and had about $38,500 in cash after the uncontested primary. Parsons-Herman only raised about $1,850 in the primary season and was about $2,000 in debt after borrowing $2,500 from the state Democratic Party.


Eagle River, Fort Richardson

Voters: 23,963

Democrats: 2,413

Republicans: 6,357

Other: 8,505

Race at a glance: Dyson, a member of the Senate four-member minority, is seeking a fourth term in the upper body after serving in the House from 1996-2002. Dyson should have no trouble here in a heavily GOP district. Less than 5% of Democratic voters turned out for the primary, giving Lindeke 859 votes compared to the 3,352 for Dyson with both running unopposed.


Fairbanks, North Pole

Voters: 27,638

Democrats: 2,671

Republicans: 9,887

Other: 15,080

Race at a glance: An incumbent vs. incumbent match, pitting a member of the Senate Majority, Thomas, against Coghill, one of the 4-member minority. Coghill has represented Fairbanks since 1998 in the House, and the Senate since 2008. Coghill received nearly four times as many votes in the primary as Thomas, a former union official who has served in the Senate since 2006. Coghill has raised more than $40K, finishing the primary season with about $18K in cash. Thomas raised about $60K, finishing August with more than $38,000 in cash.



Voters: 24,932

Democrats: 4,030

Republicans: 6,935

Other: 13,967

Race at a glance: Another race that could shake up the current Senate Majority, pitting freshman Sen. Paskvan, elected in 2008, against former state Sen. Kelly, who served in the House from 1995-99 and in the Senate from 1999-2003. Both candidates appear to be well-funded. Paskvan raised about $30,000 during the primary; Kelly raised more than $32,700 but spent nearly $30,000. Paskvan may be in trouble judging by primary turnout. He received 1,224 votes in the primary compared to 2,386 for Kelly.


North Pole

Voters: 14,001

Democrats: 1,222

Republicans: 5,700

Other: 7,079

Race at a glance: Isaacson won a four-way GOP primary in the most Republican house district in the state. Isaacson, a former Air Force Russian linguist, is the mayor of North Pole, now in his second term after serving on the city council from 2000-06. Isaacson, who survived a recall effort against him in 2010, is in favor of reforming oil taxes although that issue doesn’t loom as large in the House as in the Senate. Golub, who is supported by organized labor, is a 16-year Army veteran and the secretary of the state Democrats veterans caucus.


Fairbanks, North Pole

Voters: 13,637

Democrats: 1,449

Republicans: 4,187

Other: 8,001

Race at a glance: Another incumbent vs. incumbent race. Miller, a former newscaster and the current chair of the Interior Delegation, is seeking a second term. Wilson is seeking her third term. Primary turnout isn’t predictive, but Wilson received twice as many votes as did Miller with both unopposed. The money race looks even. Wilson raised about $30,000 in the primary season; Miller raised about the same although he finished the primary with about $20K in cash compared to about $8,500 for Wilson.



Voters: 12,866

Democrats: 2,174

Republicans: 3,226

Other: 7,466

Race at a glance: Kawasaki seeks a fourth term against Pruhs, a real estate company owner born and raised in Fairbanks. In addition to a slight turnout edge in the primary for Pruhs, there’s a huge mismatch in money in this race. Pruhs reported more than $60,000 in campaign donations through the primary while Kawasaki reported just more than $5,100.



Voters: 13,009

Democrats: 2,046

Republicans: 3,196

Other: 7,767

Race at a glance: Higgins, a Fairbanks dentist who also owns offices in Wasilla and Anchorage, has been active in GOP state politics and is making a second run for office after losing a state Senate race to Joe Thomas in 2010. There is no incumbent in the race after redistricting pitted Tammie Wilson and Bob Miller against each other in District 2. Watts, who is also making another run at office after losing a House race in 2006, is not in favor of reforming oil taxes but would cut spending if revenues fall.


Homer, Seldovia, Anchor Point, Ninilchik

Voters: 14,748

Democrats: 1,826

Republicans: 4,217

Other: 8,705

Race at a glance: Seaton, who has represented Homer since 2002, survived a challenge in one of the heaviest primary turnouts. Nearly 26% of GOP voters gave Seaton the win by about 400 votes, 54% to 45%, among more than 3,600 ballots. Diament, a Homer resident since 2004 who describers herself as a fiscal conservative dedicated to protecting fisheries resources. Seaton, who helped secure funding for a gasline to Homer in the last session, raised about $18,000 during the primary; Diament raised about $4,400.