Local political officials on both sides of the aisle shared some of their theories about why more people didn’t sign up to run for office.
Skagway filed suit last year, challenging the redistricting board’s legislative map pairing it with the Mendenhall Valley by arguing that it was more socio-economically aligned with downtown Juneau.
Board member Budd Simpson drew the map with the “tentacle.” He maintains he wasn’t gerrymandering, and agreed with criticism that it looks wrong.
The unofficial results in other races in the district show hundreds of voters likely split their tickets between Democrats, Republicans and independents.
That lead does not reflect at least 3,699 more early and absentee ballots that remain to be counted.
The candidates are generally aligned on a lot of big goals, but there’s contrast in how they’d get there.
Ed King has lived in Juneau for four years. Since leaving his job at the state last year, he started his own firm focused on Alaska’s economy.
At the end of last year’s legislative session, Juneau found itself on the hook for more than $5 million in cost shifts from the state.
Juneau Reps. Andi Story and Sara Hannan, both Democrats, won their seats a year ago and are part of the bipartisan House Majority Coalition.
Juneau’s lawmakers and city manager all expressed disappointment with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line-item budget vetoes.