are open today for the Alaska Primary Election. Voting in town will be at
Bayside Fire Hall, Teen Center, the Harbormaster’s Office, Women’s Bay Fire
Hall, the Chiniak Library, as well as in village offices.
on which ballot one chooses, you can vote either in the open primary, which
includes Democrats, Alaska Independence and Libertarian party candidates, or in
the closed Republican primary. To choose the closed primary ballot, you must be
registered Republican, Undeclared or Non-Partisan.
U.S. House race on the Republican side is Kodiak’s Gabrielle LeDoux, who, along
with Sean Parnell, is challenging incumbent Representative Don Young.
other ballot are Democrats Diane Benson and Ethan Berkowitz, and Alaska
Independence candidate Don Wright.
Senator Ted Stevens is also facing challenges from within his own Republican
party, including Rich Wanda, Vick Vickers, Rick Sikma, Jerry Heikes,
David Cuddy and Michael Correy.
U.S. Senate on the Democrat side are Frank Vondersaar, Ray Metcalfe and Mark
Begich, as well as A-I-P candidate Bob Bird and Libertarian David Haase.
House District 36 there is one race, on the Democrat side, with two political
newcomers seeking the nomination. They are Dave Kaplan and Andy Lundquist.
also have to give thumbs-up or thumbs-down to a quartet of initiatives.
Measure Number 1 would establish a state gaming commission, which would have
the power to expand charitable gaming to include casinos and lotteries.
Measure Number 2 would ban same-day shooting of grizzly bears and require that
predator control be carried out by Fish and Game employees rather than be
farmed out to private citizens.
Measure Number 3 is the Clean Elections Initiative, which would establish a
voluntary program of public funding of political candidates in an effort to cut
down on financial influence of elections.
Measure Number 4 is the Clean Water Initiative, which would return Alaska’s
water quality standards at large-scale mines to pre-Murkowski Administration
levels. It’s designed to ensure that very large mines to not pollute salmon
streams or drinking water supplies.
opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. Tune into KMXT tonight for coverage
of the statewide issues with APRN’s Steve Heimel, and of local issues with
Casey Kelly. We’ll have complete results starting with tomorrow morning’s 7:20