House Rep. Sarah Vance

Smithsonian Institute

District 31 candidates for Alaska House of Representatives are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. Click on the audio below to hear incumbent Representative Sarah Vance of Homer and candidate Kelly Cooper of Kachemak City take questions from the listeners and talk about their plans for serving in the Alaska State Legislature. 

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.

Rep. Vance

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance of Homer, called from Juneau on Thursday afternoon.

She spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

Rep. Vance:
This has been a full week. We passed the budget and everything.

Do you want to start with the budget?

So we passed the  operating budget, which was unprecedented 43 days - out of the house. It's now on its way to the Senate. It was just above the governor's ask.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer Rep. Sarah Vance defended her legislative positions at a heated town hall last week. During the roughly hour-long capital update, Vance touched on her positions on senior benefits, state revenue and the permanent fund dividend. But multiple residents challenged the representative on her support for Gov. Mike Dunleavy cuts to the state’s budget and complained of difficulties with getting in touch with her.

Roughly forty people crowded Captain’s Coffee Roasting Co. on Thursday to hear Rep. Sarah Vance talk about the Legislative sessions. 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A freshman House lawmaker took to social media to criticize local high schoolers that had written her office over proposed education cuts. Homer Rep.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer Republican Sarah Vance didn’t get a very warm reception during her first trip back to the southern Kenai Peninsula since the legislative session began in Juneau.

During a contentious two-hour long town hall Saturday, residents pressed the freshman House member on whether she supports the deep cuts being proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Roughly 400 Homer area residents filled the upstairs of the Kachemak Bay college campus Saturday morning. Some voiced their support for Vance’s general stance on cutting the budget.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer Rep. Sarah Vance is for the first time speaking out publicly about Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts. The freshman Republican has been media shy since being elected in November. But she broke her silence on AM talk radio Wednesday.

Vance doesn’t talk to the media very often. Citing scheduling conflicts since Dunleavy unveiled his spending plan, she’s canceled three interviews with KBBI. She also did not return requests for comment from the Peninsula Clarion.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer resident Sarah Vance is set to take House District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton’s place in little over a week. She met with constituents late Thursday morning ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Constituents lobbied and questioned the freshman representative on everything from the budget to the potential repeal of a contentious criminal justice reform bill.



Over a dozen people crowded into the meeting room at the Homer Legislative Information Office  to get their chance to personally ask Vance questions.