Doll to run for House in valley

Wife of loser in race to Weyhrauch says styles are different

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Juneau Democrat Andrea Doll will follow in her husband's footsteps and run for Republican Rep. Bruce Wey- hrauch's seat in the Alaska House of Representatives.

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As of Tuesday, Weyhrauch had not filed a declaration of candidacy with the state's division of elections office. Repeated attempts to reach the representative for comment Tuesday were not successful.

The filing deadline is Thursday afternoon.

"Whether he's running or not, I would be running," Doll said. "So, it's not necessarily against Bruce."

Andrea's husband, Bob Doll, ran against Wey-hrauch two years ago but lost with 2,490 votes to the incumbent's 4,797 votes. Bob Doll went on to win a seat on the Juneau Assembly last year.

Representing the Mendenhall Valley and upper Lynn Canal, Weyhrauch was first elected in 2002, replacing Republican Bill Hudson and defeating Democratic candidate Tim Grussendorf by about 10 percentage points.

Doll said she's not discouraged by her husband's defeat.

"We're very different people," she said. "I feel I can bring attention to my own issues."

Bob Doll, a former chief of the state's ferry system, said his wife would be able to stand on her own.

"I will assist her in every way I can," he added.

Kay Brown, spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party, noted the valley has elected Democrats to that seat in the past.

A career teacher and real estate broker, Doll is running for public office for the first time. Still, she has been active in politics for several years, as she has held positions with the Greater Juneau Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters and the Juneau Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

On the campaign trail, Doll said, she wants to talk about the state developing long-term plans for its programs

"Whether it's health, or education, or resources, it's all been momentary at the time when we had the money," she said. "There has been no focus."

Doll also wants to see a cooling of the spending sprees seen during budget surpluses, she said.

"Republicans have always talked about spending within their means and balancing the budget and being careful how they spend things, and yet when they get a little extra money they just throw it at anything they can find," she said.

Concerning the largest and most controversial capital project ever planned for Southeast Alaska, the proposed road from Juneau to a ferry terminal near Skagway, Doll said residents should prepare for the inevitable.

"My personal belief is that it is not a matter of 'if' we are going to have a road, it will ultimately be 'when' we have a road," said Doll, adding she supports continuing efforts to make the ferry system more affordable and accessible.

Weyhrauch's voting record and public speeches have supported the proposed highway.

• Andrew Petty can be reached at andrew.petty@juneauempire.com.



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