Filing Deadline Passes for Legislative Candidates
Upcoming elections will be the first under new redistricting map
ANCHORAGE - Friday, the filing deadline passed for legislative candidates for this year's primary and general elections.
Most attention is likely to focus on the Senate, where a coalition of six Republicans and ten Democrats has been in charge despite an even split between parties. That coalition blocked Governor Sean Parnell's attempt to lower oil production taxes by up to $2 billion a year.
"Ten years ago, we had 14 Republican Senators pre that redistricting,” said Ruedrich. “We now have more Republicans in the state. And there are less Democrats. Therefore, I think logic says we should be able to elect Republicans."
"I think the public mood is really more for what the coalition has been doing, which is working together and not getting tied up into partisan bickering,” said Democratic Party Chair Don Gray. “I think that's both here at the local and state level, and nationally. People are tired of argumentation. They want results."