Choice varies in SE races

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2000

Some Southeast Alaska voters will have more choices than others when they head to the primary election polls Aug. 22.

One race, Senate Seat C, features five candidates for the Democratic nomination. A couple of House seats, however, have just one Republican candidate on the ballot and no Democrats.

The election in District 1, the states most southern House District, which includes Ketchikan and Saxman, already is decided. No one -- Democrat, Republican or other signed up to run against Saxman Republican Rep. Bill Williams.

In District 2, which includes Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell, Republicans Peggy Wilson of Wrangell and Frank Richards of Sitkaare vying in the primary for the chance to go up against Stan Filler of Sitka, the only Democrat in the race, in November. The GOP choices are .

In Senate District A, which includes House Districts 1 and 2, incumbent Robin Taylor and challenger Bill Privett, both of Wrangell, are battling for the Republican nomination. The winner will face Greg Middag of Ketchikan, the only Democrat in the race, in November.

In House District 5 incumbent Al Kookesh of Angoon is the only Democrat running and Terry Pardee of Haines is the only Republican running; barring unusual circumstances, they will automatically face each other on the November ballot. That district includes communities as far south as Metlakatla to as far north as Yakutat.

Voters in Senate District C, which includes House District 5 as well as Kodiak Island, have the most primary election choices five Democrats are vying for the chance to run in November against Kodiak Rep. Alan Austerman, the only Republican in the race.

The Democrats are: John Waldron of Yakutat, Tim June of Haines, John Mielke of Skagway, Aaron Isaacs of Klawock and A. Webster Demmert III of Klawock.

There is no primary election opposition in the races for Juneau's two House districts. In District 3, which includes downtown Juneau and Douglas Island, the sole Democratic candidate, Rep. Beth Kerttula, will face the sole Republican, real estate agent Mike Race, in November.

In District 4, which includes the Mendenhall Valley, Republican Rep. Bill Hudson is unopposed in either the primary or the Nov. 7 general election.

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