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Doll, Kerttula will run for re-election

Democrats to vie for state House seats in 2008 race

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Juneau's two Democratic state legislators say they'll be running for re-election in 2008.

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Rep. Andrea Doll, representing House District 4, with its population base in the Mendenhall Valley, announced Wednesday she's filed her intent to run for another term.

Rep. Beth Kerttula, representing House District 3, with its population center in downtown and Douglas, said in a phone interview she intends to run as well, but has not yet filed.

Doll, who is in her first term, won her House of Representatives seat in the state's closest election in 2006.

Kerttula, in her fifth term, was unopposed in 2006. She now serves as the House minority leader, the top-ranking Democrat in the House.

Doll said she hopes to continue her efforts at improving health care and education, and keeping the capital in Juneau.

Efforts to move the capital have mostly come from Republicans, and Doll said keeping her seat Democratic will be good for Juneau.

"I want to work for the people of my district," she said. "If that means strengthening the Democrat Party, that's great, but my main motive is to work for the people of Juneau."

In 2006 Doll defeated Republican Randy Wanamaker, a Juneau Assembly member, for the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, who did not run for re-election. Weyhrauch has since been indicted by federal officials on bribery and other corruption charges and is awaiting trial.

Doll was active in efforts during the last legislative session to rewrite the state's ethics code, and she said she feels a special responsibility to continue those efforts given the accusations against the previous holder of her seat.

"Many times we can say 'That happens in another part of Alaska,' but it certainly touches us here in Juneau in a very unexpected way," she said. "Even though we have not reached a conclusion, still it has touched us."

Wanamaker, now running for re-election to his Assembly seat, declined to comment on his plans for state office.

"Right now my concern is the Assembly," he said. "We have an election next Tuesday, and I'm concentrating on winning that."

Doll said she was unaware of anyone hoping to challenge her in the Democratic primary, while Wanamaker said he'd not heard of any other Republicans interested in running.

"If somebody else is, they haven't let me know," he said.

Candidates have nearly a year before the primary election in August of 2008.

Juneau's third state legislator is Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, in the first year of a four-year term.

• Contact Pat Forgey at 523-2250 or patrick.forgey@juneauempire.com.



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