Primaries 2018

Seaton focuses on budget and PFDs in town hall forum

Sep 26, 2018
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

House District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton held a town hall forum Tuesday evening. Seaton is running for re-election and answered a number of questions from audience members, but he chose to focus mostly on the budget, finding new revenue streams and the Permanent Fund.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The stage is set for Alaska’s general election, and Republican candidate Sarah Vance will face incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton in House District 31.

Vance eked out a narrow win against her main opponent John Cox in the Republican primary on Aug. 21. She led by just 30 votes on election night, but her lead grew to 100 votes by the time results were certified Tuesday, solidifying her as the party’s nominee. Cox could not be reached in time for this story.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

After an initial count of absentee and questioned ballots Tuesday, Homer resident Sarah Vance’s lead in the House District 31 Republican primary race has grown. Vance led her main opponent John Cox of Anchor Point by just 30 votes after polls closed last week. Vance now leads by 94 votes.


However, absentee ballots may continue to show up until the state Division of Elections tallies up the votes one last time on Friday.


Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional comments and election results.

The unofficial results are in for the Republican primary race in House District 31, but it’s still unclear which of the three candidates in the race will face incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton in the general election.

Homeschooling mother and Homer resident Sarah Vance leads the race with 1,033 votes, but Anchor Point businessman John Cox trails Vance by just 30 votes.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Voters across the state and political lines will cast their ballots in several primary elections Tuesday. The Republican primary is the only contested race in House District 31. For the first time in 16 years, the party will have a new nominee, and among the many issues Republican voters are weighing is which candidate has the best chance to defeat incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton.

Seaton is a former Republican, but he’s running unopposed as a non-partisan candidate in the Democratic primary this election cycle.

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.

Seaton leads House District 31 fundraising

Jul 31, 2018
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.


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.

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.