Q&As with Alaska’s 2022 U.S. House candidates
The results of our primary-election candidate survey
The chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives are seen in 2017 in this photograph from the Office of the Speaker of the House. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
Twenty-two candidates are running for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Aug. 16 primary election. Three of those 22 are also in the running to complete the term left unfinished by the death of Congressman Don Young earlier this year.
On one side of this year’s primary-election ballot are the 22 candidates seeking a full two-year term that begins in January. Voters will be asked to pick one of the 22, the results will be counted through Aug. 31, and the four candidates who have the most votes will advance to this year’s Nov. 8 general election.
On the opposite side of the ballot are the three finalists for the partial term: Nick Begich, Sarah Palin and Mary Peltola. Voters are being asked to rank the candidates in order of preference, first through third, with a spot for a write-in candidate as a fourth option. When the results are tallied Aug. 31 and the election certified in September, the winner will serve in Congress until January, when the winner of November’s election is seated.
Ahead of the primary, the Alaska Beacon collected questions from members of the public online and in person, asking voters what they wanted to know about this year’s candidates. We read those questions, picked our favorites, and added a few of our own. The result was a questionnaire with 15 questions — 10 open-ended and five multiple-choice — which we sent to the candidates’ listed email addresses on July 13.
We followed up with phone calls and emails on the week of July 25 and received written responses from 12 of the 22 candidates. You can see links to their responses below. The answers have not been edited.
In the coming days and weeks, we intend to reach out to candidates by phone and seek to talk to them verbally as well. Transcripts of those interviews will be attached here as they become available.
Jay Armstrong (Republican) — Responded in full
Nick Begich (R) — Did not respond
Gregg Brelsford (Undeclared) — Responded in full
Chris Bye (Libertarian) — Responded
Lady Donna Dutchess (Nonpartisan) — Responded in full
Ted Heintz (N) — Responded in full
David Hughes (U) — Did not respond
Davis L. LeBlanc (U) — Did not respond
Bob Lyons (R) — Responded in full
Sherry Mettler (U) — Responded
J.R. Myers (L) — Did not respond
Robert Ornelas (American Independence) — Did not respond
Sarah Palin (R) — Responded in full
Silvio Pellegrini (U) — Did not respond
Mary Peltola (Democratic) — Responded in full
Andrew Phelps (N) — Did not respond
Randy Purham (R) — Did not respond
Brad Snowden (R) — Did not respond
Sherry Strizak (U) — Responded in full
Tara Sweeney (R) — Responded
Denise Williams (R) — Did not respond
Tremayne Wilson (N) — Responded in full
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