KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan businessman Jim Elkins - who appeared to have a Senate appointment in hand last year before the governor dropped him - has decided to run for the state House.
Elkins will seek the District One seat now held by Rep. Bill Williams, R-Saxman, who has declared his candidacy for the Senate District A seat.
Elkins had previously filed a letter of intent to run, but had not decided whether it would be a race for the state Senate or House.
For several decades, Elkins has actively supported Republican causes and candidates for state and federal offices. He has been a part-time lobbyist in Juneau for nearly 30 years.
In his announcement Friday, Elkins said he is a staunch supporter of senior citizen and veterans issues. Last fall, Elkins spoke out publicly against Gov. Frank Murkowski's cutting the Longevity Bonus for senior citizens. Shortly thereafter, Murkowski, who had said he would appoint Elkins to the District A seat, withdrew his support.
Elkins said he supports a funding formula for education in which school districts know what they can count on from the state.
He also supports a bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina Island, the Swan Lake-Lake Tyee Intertie project and a proposed road project in the Bradfield Canal area.
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