A Look at the Issues For The August Primary

Seven questions will be on the Statewide August Primary ballot…


There will be one ballot measure common for all Alaskan voters, asking voters if the Governor’s new oil taxes should be repealed.


Republicans and Democrats will then decide separately on six different races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Alaskan Governor, Alaskan Lt. Gov, State Senate, and State House.


On the Republican side…


There are four candidates for U.S. Senate: Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell, and the relatively silent John Jaramillo.


Republicans will also decide whether Don Young will return for his 22nd term, or if another Republican will take that nomination. He’s running against John Cox, David Dohner, and David Seaward.


There are four Republican candidates for Governor: incumbent Sean Parnell, Russ Millette, Gerald Heikes, and Brad Snowden.


The last statewide Republican choice will be for Lt. Governor, either Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan or K-Beach Assemblyman Kelly Wolf.


For Nikiski Republicans, the State races for House and Senate have no challengers. The same is true for Republicans in Kenai/Soldotna and in the K-Beach/Homer districts.


For Democrats…


Either William Bryk  or incumbent Mark Begich will take the U.S. Senate nomination.


For U.S. House, Forrest Dubar and Frank Vondersaar will square off.


In the gubernatorial race, Democrats have two choices: Byron Mallott or Phil Stoddard.


There are also two candidates for the Democratic Lt. Governor’s nomination: Robert Williams or Hollis French.


In Kenai/Soldotna there is only one name for State House: Shauna Thornton. In Nikiski, Rocky Knudsen is running for State House. For K-Beach/Homer, Robert Henrichs will run for State Senate.


Libertarians and Independents…


Mark Fish, Scott Kohlhaas, and Thom Walker will compete for the U.S. Senate seat as Libertarians. Zachary Kile and Vic Kohring are running as members of the Alaskan Independence Party.


In the U.S. House, Jim McDermott is again running as a Libertarian.


For Governor, Carolyn Clift is representing Libertarians.


In the race for Lt. Governor, Libertarian Andrew Lee is running.


Click on the name of your district to view the draft ballot prepared by the State Division of Elections.

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  1. mike 22 July, 2014, 13:05

    Vote YES to Repeal SB 21.

    Stop Parnell and the Republican majority, stop the 20 billion dollar giveaway.

    SB 21 has already cost the state over 1.7 billion dollars in lost revenue, we can’t afford another 10 years of that kind of revenue loss. We’re losing money at the rate of 7 million dollars a day, all thanks to the politically motivated corporate welfare known as SB 21.

    Stop the giveaway, Vote YES to repeal SB 21.

  2. Karen 22 July, 2014, 15:09

    You left out a candidate running for Senate District O, Eric Treider!!!

  3. Tony 22 July, 2014, 15:45

    Bill Walker is a GREAT option for a Governor who will put Alaska first.

  4. Bill and Samon Arnold 22 July, 2014, 17:29

    Amen to that!

  5. JD 23 July, 2014, 09:15

    That’s funny no mention of Bill Walker anywhere in this article. Guess someone at KSRM really likes the way Parnell and his oil cronies run the state!

  6. Catie Quinn Author 23 July, 2014, 09:19

    Since Bill Walker is an independent, he will not feature in the August Primary.

  7. mike 23 July, 2014, 09:40

    So when you practice selective reporting, or ‘journalism of exclusion’, people are led to believe they only have the choices you present.

    A comprehensive look at the upcoming elections would explore and report on all the candidates.

    But comprehensive and objective reporting is just too hard, right?

  8. Catie Quinn Author 23 July, 2014, 09:46


    The purpose of this article was to review the August Primary Ballot in full. That goal was comprehensively and objectively completed. Please look forward to our comprehensive and objective inclusion of Mr. Walker’s name when we discuss the November ballot (along with other candidates relevant to our districts like J.R. Meyers, Maria Rensel, Craig Fleener, Ted Gianoutsos, Sid Hill, and Eric Treider).

  9. mike 25 July, 2014, 21:42

    Oh, so you’ll be vetting candidates like Thomas Bearup?

    I’ll be waiting to see this ‘comprehensive and objective’ reporting. Haven’t seen any so far.

  10. Sophia 28 July, 2014, 05:37

    If you don’t like what you see Mike, why keep reading? You’re wasting your own time for some bizarre reason. Just like the dipnetters who walk all over somebody else’s property and think they deserve to rape the rivers any time they feel like it. Go write your own news somewhere and if you’re really so great, people will flock to you.

  11. mike 28 July, 2014, 10:13

    Write my own news?

    As if the news should, or could, be whatever version someone cares to write?

    You like your ‘news’ pre-screened so you only hear that which props up your bizarre world view?

  12. Sophia 28 July, 2014, 10:24

    It’s clearly not the version you care to write, so go write it. You are a hypocrite because you want to be the one screening the news, but you claim that should not happen. Which is it?

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