Crawford says he'll challenge Young

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Alaska state Rep. Harry Crawford says he's going to try to unseat veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young next fall.

The Anchorage Daily News says Crawford, an Anchorage Democrat, filed Wednesday with the Division of Elections to run against Young. The Republican has been Alaska's lone member of the U.S. House since 1973.

Crawford says he's tired of waiting to see movement on getting resources to market, such as drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Crawford says he knows a successful challenge of Young won't be easy but notes Democrats are the majority party now. He says he has a record of working well with both parties.

Young's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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