Primaries 2018

Photo Courtesy of John Cox

John Cox is one of three candidates running in the House District 31 Republican primary to face incumbent Paul Seaton. The Anchor Point business owner served in the Navy for 30 years, has sat on several local boards and is currently the commander of the Anchor Point VFW. He says his collective experience gives him the best chance to beat Seaton in the general election this fall.

Photo courtesy of Paul Seaton.

Campaign season is in full swing on the southern Kenai Peninsula and aside from asking residents, businesses and political groups to throw up campaign signs, candidates in House District 31 are asking for their money as well.  

The only competitive primary race in House District 31 this election cycle is on the Republican side. Three candidates are vying for the party’s support and chance to face incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton in the general election.

Taz Tally

Clink below to hear the Democratic party primary debate recorded on Tuesday, July 10 2018. Candidates Alyse Galvin and Dimitri Shein participated. The debate was moderated by Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Kelly Cooper.


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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the City of Homer

Three candidates are now planning to run against Homer Rep. Paul Seaton in the 2018 Republican primaries. Anchor Point resident John Cox was the first to file his letter of intent in July of last year.

Two other contenders filed their letters of intent last week. Kasilof resident Robert Ruffner filed Wednesday and Homer resident Sarah Vance filed Tuesday.  

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Anchorage resident Alyse Galvin is one of two candidates who is trying to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall. Galvin was in Homer Friday and Saturday meeting with potential voters, and ended her visit with a Q&A session at Alice’s Champagne Palace Saturday morning. Aside from hot-topic policy questions, there was an emphasis on the odds of her unseating the longest sitting member in Congress.