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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