Governor's Race 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.  

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.