Election 2022

The 2022 Alaska election field of candidates clears up

BY: - June 2, 2022

The field of candidates in Alaska’s Aug. 16 primary became clearer on Wednesday, the filing deadline. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich announced he wouldn’t run for re-election. His aide Löki Tobin is running instead. Begich’s announcement follows Republican Senate President Peter Micciche’s announcement that he wasn’t running, so both Senate caucuses will have new […]

In-person voting begins for Alaska’s special primary election for U.S. House

BY: - May 30, 2022

Voting opened Friday at almost 170 locations statewide for the special primary election to temporarily replace Congressman Don Young, who died in March after 49 years in office. Forty-eight candidates are on the ballot for the special primary. The four who receive the most votes will advance to a special general election on Aug. 16. […]

Ahead of filing deadline, almost a third of the Alaska Legislature isn’t seeking re-election

BY: - May 28, 2022

Months before Alaska’s state elections, the Legislature is set for major turnover. At least 17 of the Legislature’s 60 members will be in a new position or out of office entirely by next January — and that doesn’t count anyone who loses their seat this fall.  The deadline to file for this year’s legislative elections […]

After Legislature fails to act, Alaska’s state elections will take place with no financial limit

BY: - May 27, 2022

On May 18, the Alaska Legislature adjourned without passing new restrictions on financial donations to candidates for state office.  Because a federal court threw out Alaska’s old limits, the Legislature’s failure means candidates may accept unlimited amounts of money from donors inside and outside the state. “It was probably one of the most disappointing nights […]

This is a screen shot. Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska host a virtual forum for Alaska Native candidates for U.S. House on May 26, 2022.

Alaska Native candidates for U.S. House talk land into trust, climate change

BY: - May 26, 2022

“I would be no more prouder in my life than to have an Alaska Native be the U.S. Congressman,” the late Alaska Rep. Don Young said at the 2011 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in reference to who might replace him, according to reporting by the Anchorage Daily News at that time. Of the 48 […]

The Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, across the street from the larger Nesbett Courthouse, holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Redistricting Board picks new Senate map after Supreme Court finds a gerrymander

BY: - May 24, 2022

Alaska’s five-member redistricting board picked a new, court-ordered map of state Senate districts in Anchorage on Tuesday, hours after the Alaska Supreme Court rejected a prior map, saying that it was gerrymandered to favor Republican-leaning Eagle River. In a brief notice, the Supreme Court upheld a lengthy Superior Court order issued earlier this month.  “We […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Nancy Dahlstrom, former corrections commissioner and newly announced candidate for lieutenant governor, face reporters on May 23, 2022, in the Alaska Division of Elections Anchorage office. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Beacon)

Nancy Dahlstrom is Gov. Dunleavy’s running mate in 2022 election

BY: - May 23, 2022

Former Department of Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom will be Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s running mate in the 2022 election. The two Republicans announced Monday afternoon they are running as a team for governor and lieutenant governor. If they are elected, Dahlstrom will be in charge of the Division of Elections. In response to a question about […]

The Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, across the street from the larger Nesbett Courthouse, holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska’s redistricting board again gerrymandered map to benefit Republicans, judge rules

BY: - May 17, 2022

The three Republican-appointed members of Alaska’s state redistricting board unconstitutionally gerrymandered a map of Anchorage state senate seats to favor Republican candidates, an Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled late Monday night. “In summary, the totality of the circumstances leads this court to conclude that the majority of the board acted in concert with at least […]

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews hears arguments on Zoom in a lawsuit against the Alaska Redistricting Board on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Attorney Eva Gardner represents a group of Girdwood residents seeking to overturn a map of state senate districts. Attorney Matthew Singer is representing the board. (Screenshot)

Attorney asks judge to throw out Republican-supported map of Anchorage state Senate districts

BY: - May 13, 2022

A group of Girdwood residents seeking to overturn a proposed map of state Senate districts in Anchorage has presented new evidence of possible collusion among Republican-appointed members of the Alaska Redistricting Board. Citing text messages and emails obtained from board members, the group’s attorney told a state judge on Thursday that the board had an […]

Nine of the leading candidates seeking to replace the late U.S. Rep. Don Young are seated in alphabetical order at a May 12, 2022 forum in Anchorage hosted by industry groups. The Seated are Nick Begich, John Coghill, Christopher Constant, Al Gross, Jeff Lowenfels, Sarah Palin, Mary Peltola, Josh Revak and Tara Sweeney. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska U.S. House candidates use industry forum to try to stand out in crowded field

BY: - May 12, 2022

The nine candidates at the forum, seated in alphabetical order, faced their own common challenge: distinguishing themselves from other contenders in the very crowded field.

a crowd holding up Democratic campaign signs for Pat Chesbro

Retired teacher becomes lone Democrat in Alaska’s U.S. Senate election

BY: - May 11, 2022

Pat Chesbro, a retired teacher and educator from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, entered Alaska’s U.S. Senate race on Wednesday, becoming the lone Democrat among 16 candidates for the office. The deadline to enter the race is June 1. Chesbro replaces state Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson, D-Anchorage, who launched a campaign earlier this year but withdrew after financial […]

After U.S. Supreme Court opinion leaks, Alaska governor candidates share their thoughts

BY: - May 11, 2022

One week ago, the political news website Politico published a bombshell report saying that the U.S. Supreme Court is prepared to overturn prior rulings that uphold the legal right to an abortion. Here in Alaska, the state supreme court has repeatedly ruled that the privacy clause of the Alaska Constitution protects abortion access. Even if […]