Election 2022

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 […]

A sample ballot for the 2022 Alaska special U.S. House race is seen on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

FAQ: How to vote by mail this year

BY: - May 11, 2022

Forty-eight candidates are competing to temporarily represent Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives after the sudden death of Congressman Don Young. In a June 11 special primary and an Aug. 16 special general election, voters will pick one person to represent the state in the House from September through January. Beginning in January, the […]