State denies Holmes’ recall effort

JUNEAU — The state has denied a recall effort against state Rep. Lindsey Holmes, with the attorney general’s office finding her decision to switch party affiliations doesn’t amount to a “lack of fitness” for the job.

Holmes won re-election to her Anchorage House seat as a Democrat in 2012 but announced she was changing her party affiliation to Republican before the start of the last legislative session. That prompted some criticism and gave rise to the recall effort.

Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said the group gathered enough signatures, the application was filed in time and Holmes is subject to recall under the constitution and state law.

But she said she agreed with the Department of Law finding.

The recall group said Friday that it plans to appeal the decision.

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