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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- Southeast’s largest tribal organization will soon be able to offer an alternative to the court system for some criminal cases.
- Joe Nelson of Juneau said many in the delegation felt strongly that the position should be filled by a tribal representative.
- The Presbyterian Church officially apologized to indigenous people across the country during a gathering of Alaska Native people this weekend. For decades the church took part in the forced removal of children from their homes and families.
- Polls show the presidential race is unusually tight in Alaska. Juneau residents attending two election events shared their opinions on the polls and the candidates.