On Oct. 29, 1986, Democrat and incumbent state legislative Rep. Jim Duncan was fighting for Juneau’s only Senate seat against Republican Lee Stoops after Sen. Bill Ray announced his retirement. Ray had worked 22 years in the Legislature. Duncan touted his 10 years working in the House Finance Committee, while Stoops claimed Duncan had accomplished little for Juneau.
Meanwhile, while Sen. Ted Stevens visited Juneau, he pledged his support to gubernatorial candidate Arliss Sturgulewski’s plan to increase efforts to win federal approval for exploration and development of a part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next winter, if appointed. Stevens likened the project to the work Jay Hammond did to win passage of the Alaska lands act and Alaskans for statehood.
In downtown Juneau, residents were left without water for the morning after a water line broke near Cope Park.