Wrangell Representative Peggy Wilson knocked out two Ketchikan opponents to win the Republican nomination for the new House District 33.
Ketchikan is the largest community in the district, which also includes Saxman, Coffman Cove, Thorne Bay and several other Prince of Wales Island communities.
Wilson won 46 percent of the 2,145 ballots cast. Ketchikan’s Agnes Moran took 32 percent and Patti Mackey, also from Ketchikan, got 22 percent.
Ketchikan Democrat Matt Olsen was unopposed in the race and will face Wilson in the November 6th general election. Incumbent Republican Representative Kyle Johansen of Ketchikan will appear on that ballot as an independent.
No other Southeast legislative primary had an in-party race this year.
The new House District 33 had one Republican and one Democrat on the ballot.
Political newcomer Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka collected 1,256 ballots for the Democratic nomination. Incumbent Bill Thomas of Haines wrapped up the GOP nomination with 937 votes. The district also includes Craig, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake and Metlakatla.
The new Senate District Q also saw one candidate from each party, each an incumbent.
Sitka Republican Bert Stedman won his party’s nomination with 2,874 votes. Democrat Albert Kookesh clinched his party’s slot with 1,462.
The primary winners face off against each other in the November general election.
There’s no race for either of Juneau’s House Districts. Republican Cathy Munoz is unopposed in District 31, which includes Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley and airport area. So is Democrat Beth Kerttula, whose District 32 includes downtown Juneau, Douglas, Petersburg, Skagway and Gustavus.
Juneau’s Senate seat, District P, is not on the ballot this year.
- It’s not clear whether independent Gov. Bill Walker will run in the primary. A campaign spokesperson said Walker could not comment because it is a pending legal matter to which the state is a party.
- Gastineau Community School has been renamed Sayéik Gastineau Community School. The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to add the traditional Tlingit name, which loosely translates to “spirit helper.”
- Christopher Strawn testified he walked home with his dog and was going to sleep when Brandon Cook was shot and killed on Oct. 20, 2015.
- Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott both spoke, but is was the 17-year-old keynote speaker who brought the room to its feet with applause and cheers.