Sunday, April 27, 2008

Alaska 2008 State Primary Election: Consolidated List Of Alaskan U.S. Senate And House Candidates

Post updated August 21st, 2008 to include link to KTUU candidate profile and audio feed of Aug 20 KAKM debates. Updates posted in green.

Click HERE to view real-time election results after 9 P.M. Alaska time. Also liveblogged by the Anchorage Daily News HERE.

This will be a "static" post listing Alaska's candidates for Federal office in the upcoming August 26th, 2008 primary election. This will be similar in concept to the static post I published for the Anchorage Municipal candidates earlier this year. It's designed to facilitate tracking of all candidates' websites, as well as special interest "report card" links on incumbents. The filing deadline for all candidates is Monday June 2nd, 2008.

In the 2008 Primary Election, there will be three types of ballots to choose from:

(1). A-D-L Candidate Ballot with Ballot Measures: Ballot with Alaskan Independence, Democratic, Libertarian Candidates and Ballot Measures. (Any voter may vote this ballot)

(2). Republican Candidate Ballot with Ballot Measures: Ballot with Republican Candidates and Ballot Measures. (Voters registered as Republican, Non-Partisan, or Undeclared may vote this ballot)

(3). Ballot Measures Ballot: Ballot with Ballot Measures only (no candidates). (Any voter may vote this ballot)

What this means is that Republicans, Nonpartisans, and Undeclareds have the MAXIMUM choice. They can choose between the two ballots on Primary Election Day. All others are restricted to only the Combined Party ballot. Voters who are not already registered or who want to change their party affiliation must register no later than 30 days prior to an election to vote in that particular election. This means that if you want to vote on August 26th, you must register by July 27th. Additional voter registration information HERE.

Candidates are also listed on the Alaska Division of Elections website. There is one mistake; they've not deleted Rocky Caldero, even though he announced his withdrawal from the Senate race back in February 2008.

- See KTUU Channel 2's candidate profiles HERE.
- Link to audio feed of August 20th KAKM Channel 7 candidate debates HERE.
- See candidate responses to Fairbanks Daily News-Miner questionnaire HERE (scroll down to the bottom).

U.S. Senate Candidates: Grouped by party. Incumbent's name capitalized:

(1). Mark Begich, Democrat: Official campaign website HERE.

(2). Ray Metcalfe, Democrat: Official campaign website HERE. Inactive campaign blog HERE.

(3). Frank Vondersaar, Democrat: Official campaign website HERE. Inactive holdover websites from previous campaigns HERE and HERE.

(4). TED STEVENS, Republican: Official U.S. Senate website HERE. Official campaign website HERE. VoteSmart Page HERE. Congress.org Page HERE. Americans for Better Immigration report card HERE. League of Conservation Voters scorecard HERE. Pro-Israel PAC 2004 contribution list HERE.

(5). Dave Cuddy, Republican: Official campaign website HERE.

(6). Rick Sikma, Republican: Official campaign website HERE.

(7). Gerald Heikes, Republican: Official campaign website HERE.

(8). Richard Wanda, Republican: No campaign website.

(9). Michael D. Corey, Republican: No campaign website. See Anchorage Press article dated July 16th, 2008 for short profile. See KTUU Channel 2 candidate profile HERE.

(10).Vic Vickers, Republican: Official campaign website HERE. Click HERE for June 5th audio interview on KBBI 890 AM in Homer. Also see Anchorage Press article dated July 16th, 2008 for short profile.

(11).Bob Bird, Alaskan Independence Party: Official campaign website HERE, review this post for background.

(12).Fredrick D. Haase, Libertarian Party: Official campaign website HERE.

(13).Ted Gianoutsos, Veterans Party: Official campaign website HERE.

(14).Lance Merrick, Non-Partisan: Not yet certified, circulating nominating petition.

(15).Paul D. Kendall, Non-Partisan: Not yet certified, circulating nominating petition.

U.S. House Candidates: Grouped by party. Incumbent's name capitalized:

(1). Ethan Berkowitz, Democrat: Official campaign website HERE.

(2). Diane Benson, Democrat: Official campaign website HERE.

(3). Jake Metcalfe, Democrat: Official campaign website HERE. Dropped out of race.

(4). DON YOUNG, Republican: Official U.S. House website HERE. Official campaign website HERE. VoteSmart Page HERE. Americans for Better Immigration report card HERE. League of Conservation Voters scorecard HERE. Pro-Israel PAC 2004 contribution list HERE.

(5). Sean Parnell, Republican: Official Lt. Gov website HERE. Official campaign website HERE. VoteSmart Page HERE.

(6). Gabrielle LeDoux, Republican: Official campaign website HERE. Vote Smart Page HERE.

(7). Don Wright, Alaskan Independence Party: No campaign website.

(8). Frank D. Frost, Non-Partisan: Not certified, circulating nominating petition.

5 comments:

  1. The Republican ballot is actually a semi-closed primary, since independents are invited to participate.

    I'm not clear as to whether independent candidates may qualify for the combined (or blanket) ballot. Independent candidates were included on Washington state's old blanket primary ballot.

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  2. I just noted that you're calling it the combined party ballot, which obviously means that independent candidates may NOT qualify for that ballot.

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  3. Steve - the information is based upon what the Alaska Division of Elections presents on its website. It reflects the way it was done in 2006, and they give no indication that they will do it differently in 2008.

    I believe that a candidate who would call himself or herself independent would have to be placed upon the Combined Party Ballot, because the other ballot is for Republican candidates only. They call it the Combined Party Ballot simply because it combines all the other official parties. It does not exclude independents, at least the way I interpret it.

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  4. Anchorage Activist - Would you please provide some information on the "Clean Water" initiatives that will be voted on at the primary?

    It looks like there may be two of these on the ballot. If the ideological environmentalists get them passed they will set artificial and unattainable standards for the mining industry here.

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  5. Pete - I will do a separate post on the Ballot Measures within the next couple of days, now that the Clean Water Initiatives seem to have been clarified by the courts. It looks like the Division of Elections has updated their website.

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