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Primary figures: fun facts about the returns to the Division of Elections

Brandy Pennington is filing for House District 9, with the seat being vacated by Rep. Laddie Shaw. She is a real estate professional in Anchorage and is a Republican.

The deadline for filing applications for the August 20 primary was at 5:00 PM on June 1 at the Elections Department, and it was indeed a busy day for both the aspiring candidates and the Elections Department staff. Those in the process of filing on the final day were first required to have their official financial disclosure notarized and filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission and registered with APOC as an official candidate. It’s quite a checklist and for some it came down to the wire.

The Department of Elections worked late Saturday to get all candidates who completed their paperwork by 5 p.m. onto the department’s website. Must read Alaska will update this list this weekend if necessary.

But first, a few notes about the list of candidates who will appear on the primary ballot are in order:

12 Number of congressional candidates filed with the Division of Elections. This has been unchanged for several days. The three main candidates remain the same: incumbent Democrat Mary Peltola, Republican Nick Begich and Republican Nancy Dahlstrom.

120 – Number of state legislative candidates filed for the August 20 primary.

61 – Number of Republicans who filed.

32 – Number of Democrats who filed.

18 – Number of non-party candidates who filed. These are Blacks and Nonpartisans, and historically they tend to use a U or an N designation to trick moderate voters into thinking they are moderates and then engage with Democrats.

3 – Number of Alaskan Independence Party candidates who filed.

3 – Number of Libertarian Party candidates who filed.

3 – Number of undisputed Republicans. All three are incumbents: Rep. Dan Saddler of Eagle River, Rep. DeLena Johnson of Palmer and Rep. Cathy Tilton of Wasilla.

5 – Number of uncontested Democratic or nonpartisan candidates. They are all incumbents: Sen. Jesse Kiehl of Juneau, Sen. Donny Olson of Golovin, Rep. Rebecca Himschoot of Sitka, Rep. Sara Hannan of Juneau and Rep. Zack Fields of Anchorage.

8 – Total number of unopposed legislative seats.

5 – Number of legislative candidates who submitted their native name in quotes before the vote.

17 – Number of legislative races with more than one Republican in the race. They are Senate Seat D – Bjorkman and Carpenter; Senate Seat F – Borbridge and Kaufman; Senate Seat H, McKay and Vazquez; Senate Seat L – Goecker, Jackson, McCarty, Merrick; Senate Seat N – Wilson, Wright and Yundt; Senate Seat R – Cronk and Squyres; House District 6 – Slaughter and Vance; House District 7 – Gillham and Ruffridge; House District 8 – Elam and Hillyer; House District 9 – Bauer, Ellis and Pennington; House District 10 – C. Johnson and Kopp; House District 27 – Eastman and Underwood; House District 28 – Menard, Moore, Sumner and Wright; House District 30 – Holmes and McCabe; House District 33 – Prax and Welch; House District 34 – Cottle and Tomaszewski; House District 36 – Goode, Mock, Schwanke and Snodgress.

3 – Number of races with more than one Democrat in the race. They are House District 15 – Darden and Wells; House District 38 – Jimmie, McCormick and Sosa; and House District 40 – Burke and Chase.

18 – Quantity Democratic and non-party declared candidates who signed the petition to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy in 2019. They are: Janice Park, Forrest Dunbar, Jason Avery, Savannah Fletcher, Rebecca Himschoot, Sara Hannon, Ky Holland, Walter Featherly, Calvin Schrage, Andy Josephson, Alyse Galvin, Cliff Groh, Genevieve Mina, Ted Eischeid, Maxine Dibert, CJ McCormick, Victoria Sosa and Robyn Burke.

THE CANDIDATES

SENATE DISTRICT B

Senator Jesse Kiehl, incumbent Democrat, unchallenged

SENATE DISTRICT D

Senator Jesse Bjorkman, incumbent Republican

Representative Ben Carpenter, Republican

Andy Cizek, libertarian

Tina Wegener, Democrat

SENAATWIJK F

Harold Borbridge, Republican

Senator James Kaufman, incumbent Republican

Janice Park, Democrat

SENAATWIJK H

Senator Matt Claman, incumbent Democrat

Representative Tom McKay, Republican

Former Rep. Liz Vazquez, Republican

SENAATSWIJK J

Senator Forrest Dunbar, incumbent Democrat

Cheronda Smith, no party

SENAATWIJK L

Jared Goecker, Republican

Lee Hammermeister, Democrat

Sharon Jackson, Republican

Ken McCarty, Republican

Senator Kelly Merrick, incumbent Republican

SENATE DISTRICT N

Senator David Wilson, incumbent Republican

Stephen Wright, Republican

Rob Yundt, Republican

SENATE DISTRICT P

Leslie Hajdukovich, Republican

Senator Scott Kawasaki, incumbent Democrat

SENATE DISTRICT R

Jason Avery, Democrat

Representative Mike Cronk, Republican

Savannah Fletcher, no party

James Squyres, Republican

Robert “Bert” Williams, Alaska Independence Party

SENATE DISTRICT T

Senator Donny Olson, incumbent Democrat

HOME DISTRICT 01 – KETCHIKAN

Jeremy Bynum, Republican

Grant Echohawk, no match

Agnes Moran, no party

Representative Daniel Ortiz has announced he is resigning, but has until June 29 to formally withdraw.

HOUSE DISTRICT 02 – SITKA

Rebecca Himschoot, no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 03 – NORTH JUNAU

Representative Andi Story, incumbent Democrat

Former Representative Bill Thomas, Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 04DOWNTOWN JUNIAU

Representative Sara Hannan, incumbent Democrat

HOUSE DISTRICT 05 – KODIAK, SEWARD

Leighton Radner, libertarian

Representative Louise Stutes, incumbent Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 06 – SOUTH KENAI

Alana Greear, no party

Brent Johnson, no match

Dawson Slaughter, Republican

Representative Sarah Vance, incumbent Republican

HOME DISTRICT 07 – SOLDOTNA

Former Representative Ron Gillham, Republican

Rep. Justin Ruffridge, incumbent Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 08 – NORTHERN KENAI

Bill Elam, Republican

John Hillyer, Republican

HOME DISTRICT 09 – SOUTH ANKERAGE

Lucy Bauer, Republican

Lee Ellis, Republican

Ky Holland, no party

Brandy Pennington, Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 10 – SOUTH ANCHORAGE

Representative Craig Johnson, incumbent Republican

Former Representative Chuck Kopp, Republican

Greg Magee, no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 11 – ANCHORING

Representative Julie Columbe, Republican

Walter Featherly, no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 12 – ANCHORING

Joseph Lurtsema, Republican

Rep. Calvin Schrage, incumbent no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 13 – ANCHORING

Heather Gotshall, Republican

Representative Andy Josephson, incumbent Democrat

HOUSE DISTRICT 14 – ANCHORING

Representative Alyse Galvin, incumbent no party

Harry Winner Kamdem, Democrat

HOUSE DISTRICT 15 – ANCHORAGE

Former Senator Mia Costello, Republican

Dustin Darden, Democrat

Denny Wells, Democrat

HOUSE DISTRICT 16 – ANCHORING

Carolyn Hall, Democrat

Nick Moe, no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 17 – ANCHORING

Representative Zack Fields, incumbent Democrat

HOUSE DISTRICT 18 – ANCHORING

Representative Cliff Groh, incumbent Democrat

Former Representative David Nelson, Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 19 – ANCHORING

Kaylee Anderson, Republican

Representative Genevieve Mina, incumbent Democrat

Russell O. Wyatt, no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 20 – ANCHORING

Representative Andrew Gray, incumbent Democrat

Scott Kohlhaas, Libertarian

HOUSE DISTRICT 21 – ANCHORING

Representative Donna Mears, incumbent Democrat

Aimee Sims, Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 22 – ANCHORING

Ted Eischeid, Democrat

Representative Stanley Wright, incumbent Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 23 – EAGLE RIVER

Representative Jamie Allard, incumbent Republican

Jim Arlington, Democrat

HUISWIJK 24 – EAGLE RIVER

Representative Dan Saddler, incumbent Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 25 – MAT-SU PALMER

Representative DeLena Johnson, incumbent Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 26 – MAT-SU FAIRVIEW WASILLA

Representative Cathy Tilton, incumbent Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 27 – WASILLE

Representative David Eastman, incumbent Republican

Jubilee Underwood, Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 28 – WASILLE

Steve Menard, Republican

Elexie Moore, Republican

Representative Jesse Sumner, incumbent Republican

Jessica Wright, Republican

HOUSE DISTRICT 29 – SUTTON

Rep. George Rauscher, incumbent Republican

Bruce Wall, no party

HUISWIJK 30 – BIG LAKE

Doyle Holmes, Republican

Representative Kevin McCabe, incumbent Republican

HUISWIJK 31 – FAIRBANKS

Representative Maxine Dibert, incumbent Democrat

Former Representative Bart LeBon, Republican

HUISWIJK 32 – FAIRBANKS

Gary Damron, Democrat

Rep. Will Stapp, incumbent Republican

HUISWIJK 33 – NORTH POLE

Representative Mike Prax, incumbent Republican

Michael Welsh, Republican

HUISWIJK 34– FAIRBANKS

Joy Beth Cottle, Republican

Representative Frank Tomaszewski, incumbent Republican

HUISWIJK 35 – FAIRBANKS

Representative Ashley Carrick, incumbent Democrat

Ruben McNeill, Republican

HUISWIJK 36 – INTERIOR TOK-DELTA CONNECTION

James Fields, libertarian

Pam Goode, Republican

Brandon P. “Putuuqti” Kowaski, Democrat

Dana Mock, Republican

Rebecca Schwanke, Republican

Cole Snodgress, Republican

HUISWIJK 37 – WESTERN

Darren Deacon, no party

Bryce Edgmon, no party

HOUSE DISTRICT 38 – BETHEL

Nellie D. “Unangiq” Jimmie, Democrat

Willie Keppel, Alaska Veterans Party

Representative CJ McCormick, incumbent Democrat

Victoria Sosa, Democrat

HOUSE DISTRICT 39 – NOM

Representative Neal Foster, incumbent Democrat

Tyer Ivanoff, Alaska Independence Party

HOME DISTRICT 40 – UTQIAGVIK

Rep. Thomas C. “Ikaaq” Baker, incumbent no party

Robyn “Niayuq” Burke, Democrat

Saima “Ikrik” Chase, Democrat