Gov. Bill Walker

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The lone candidate running for governor in this year’s Democratic primary stopped in Homer Thursday. Former U.S. Senator and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich ended the day with a meet and greet at a local bar. Some Homer voters are concerned that Begich and Gov. Bill Walker might split the moderate vote in the general election, paving the way to victory for former Republican state Senator Mike Dunleavy.

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. 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Gov. Bill Walker visited Homer Thursday. Walker was in town for an campaign fundraiser Thursday evening, but he also met with public officials and gave a speech during a Homer Rotary Club meeting in the afternoon.

Walker highlighted the end of the legislative session, and noted some of the roughly 130 bills passed this year, namely Senate Bill 26. The bill will allow the state to draw from the Permanent Fund Earnings reserve to pay for both dividends and government.