Election 2018

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Gubernatorial candidates stopped in Homer Tuesday to campaign, meet with residents and square off in a governor’s forum. The event drew four prominent candidates including Governor Bill Walker, Mike Dunleavy, Mark Begich and Mead Treadwell. It also drew lesser-known candidate Billy Toien.  

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Most candidates running in the House District 31 Republican Primary are focusing their campaigns on larger PFDs and budget cuts. But Republican candidate Henry Kroll is passionate about a different issue. Kroll wants to privatize more land.  

Henry Kroll is a fisherman and an author. He’s written a dozen books on politics, Alaskan legends, his family and more eccentric books about ice ages.

He flipped to a page in his book called “Cosmological Ice Ages” about the sun’s course through space.  

Municipal election season begins today

Aug 1, 2018
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include that Willy Dunne is planning to run for re-election. 

The filing window for residents interested in serving on local city councils, assemblies and boards has opened. Candidate filing and nomination packets are available now until August 15 for those interested in running for office.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The primary election for the Alaska House of Representatives is coming up this August, and candidates are already making their cases to the public. District 31 Republicans held a debate for their party’s three candidates on Saturday in Kasilof. 

John Cox, Sarah Vance and Henry Kroll are all running as Republican candidates to defeat Representative Paul Seaton.  Cox owns multiple businesses in Anchor Point, Vance homeschools her four children in Homer and Kroll is an author and fisherman in Soldotna.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Election season is in full swing, and Homer received its third visit from a gubernatorial candidate Thursday. Scott Hawkins is running in the Republican primary this summer. Hawkins focused his pitch to voters largely on preserving Permanent Fund Dividends and cutting the budget.

Hawkins held a Q&A event at a local restaurant Thursday.  He presented himself to voters as a businessman who could drill down into the state’s finances and manage the Legislature.

“You’ve got 60 cats you’ve got to herd, 20 in the Senate and 40 in the House,” Hawkins said to a few laughs. 

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A candidate that was set to run against Homer Rep. Paul Seaton in this year’s Republican primary has dropped out. Robert Ruffner announced on his Facebook page Friday that he’s ending his bid to represent House District 31 in the state Legislature.

Ruffner filed his letter of intent to run in late March.

He currently sits on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. In his announcement Friday, Ruffner said his service on the board is a better fit for him and his family. He says spending time his wife and children is his primary reason for pulling out of the race.