Friday, May 24, 2013
New Lines Drawn Mean Big Changes in Next Year's Elections
Challengers to the new legislative boundaries have thirty days to oppose the changes.
Possible new lines drawn by the State Redistricting Board could mean big changes for next year’s elections. Several state lawmakers may end up running against other incumbents, if the new map proposed by the board is upheld in court.
The board adopted the new legislative boundaries yesterday, giving those who would oppose the revisions thirty days to file lawsuits against them.
In Anchorage, Democratic Representatives Mike Doogan and Chris Tuck have been put in the same House district in the middle of the city.
This is true for Republican Lance Pruitt and Democrat Pete Petersen on the East Side as well.
All but one of the twenty senators will have to run for re-election in 2012, according to the new boundaries; Senator Dennis Egan is the exception, as the board ruled that Egan’s Juneau district did not change enough for a new election to be necessary.