House District 31

Cooper promises an independent voice in Juneau

Aug 27, 2020

While not every race contested in the Alaska Primary Election last week has been decided, some candidates have gone ahead and started their General Election campaign. Kelly Cooper, who is the president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly skipped the primary to run as an unaffiliated candidate against first-term incumbent Rep. Sarah Vance, a Republican, in Alaska House District 31.

Photo by Aaron Bolton

With just about a week to go until Election Day, candidates across the state are making their final pitches to voters and they are holding last minute fundraising events. In the House District 31 race, both candidates have raised several thousands of dollars and other groups are also spending money on the race.

City of Homer and Alaska Legislature

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comments from House District 31 Republican nominee Sarah Vance and Party Chairman Nona Safra. 

The Homer Chamber of Commerce canceled its debate for the House District 31 race. The chamber announced Monday that it will not host a debate between incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton and Sarah Vance due to stipulations put forth by the House District 31 Republican Party.

City of Homer and Alaska Legislature

The District 31 Republican Party is imposing stipulations on when, where and how its nominee, Sarah Vance, will debate incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton.

In an email to the Homer Chamber of Commerce and local press, Party Chair Nona Safra said the party will not approve any debates taking place in establishments where alcohol is served. Safra also noted that the “time, date, moderator and location” will be subject to her approval.   The party is also prohibiting their candidate from participating in any debates prior to Oct. 15.

Ruffner drops out of District 31 primary race

May 14, 2018
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.

Primary Profile: Mary E. (Beth) Wythe

Aug 11, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Mary E. (Beth) Wythe.

Mary E. “Beth” Wythe has served as both a Homer City Council member and, most recently, as Homer mayor. Her second term ends in October. Wythe is one of two challengers to Rep. Paul Seaton for the House District 31 seat. She says she’s running because she is frustrated with Seaton’s representation.

District 31 Candidate Forum

Aug 10, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

Welcome to the Friends of the Homer Public Library District 31 Candidate Forum. The participants are Representative Paul Seaton of Homer; Homer Mayor Beth Wythe; and John Cox of Anchor Point. The Forum took place on Friday August 6th at the Homer Public Library, and was moderated by Andy Haas.

Forum Shows Contrasts in HD 31 Candidates

Aug 8, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

Tune in to KBBI this Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. to hear the entire candidate forum hosted by the Friends of the Homer Library.

The forum took place Aug. 5 at the Homer Public Library with Rep. Paul Seaton, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and candidate John Cox.

The three are running in the Alaska Republican primary for the House of Representatives seat in District 31 that is currently held by Seaton.