State elections director Gail Fenumiai says filing has been steady since the May 22 Supreme Court decision adopting an election district plan to be used for the 2012 elections.
“Because I think folks then realized that they have a solid answer to what district should they file for, so that’s invoked a lot of people to run for office,” Fenumiai says.
The court ordered the Redistricting Board’s April 5th maps be used for the elections. The plan puts Petersburg, Skagway and downtown Juneau in the same House and Senate district. (House District 32 and Senate District P).
Fenumiai says political party members must submit notarized declaration of candidacy forms by 5 p.m. Friday. Unaffiliated candidates have to submit a notice that they intend to run for office, and have until the August 28th primary to gather petition signatures.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell Thursday signed regulations adopting the new precinct boundaries.
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- A caller on Andrew P Hope Street requested an escort to a visitor’s car. After helping the woman safely to her vehicle, the responding officer located the bear nearby and shot at it with rubber bullets.
- The state Division of Insurance plans to ask the feds to offset its costs for the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
- After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon.
- As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating Arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that.