Next Tuesday, August 21, is primary election day in Alaska (election information here). With a busy summer season happening it’s tempting to step back from politics, but fish politics are always first and foremost on SEAGO’s radar. Our Representative in Congress, our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and our state legislators play an important role in the health of our fisheries and community. SEAGO reached out to candidates in anticipation of the primary to find out their opinions on fisheries issues.
Candidate responses received can be found below. We’re disappointed that only a handful of candidates returned our questionnaire, though a few have indicated that they are on their way. The limited number received shows that we need to engage our elected officials more to ensure that they will be representing YOUR interests in office. Elected officials need to hear from the thousands of Southeast sport anglers, charter operators, and lodge employees who support a multi-million dollar recreational industry which made Alaska a famous tourist destination.
If you don’t see your preferred candidate’s questionnaire link on the list below, contact them and ask why it’s not there! We will be updating the list and the links on this page as we near the primary election.
Answers have been edited for clarity and simple grammatical errors.
|Christopher Cumings||Congress/House||Cumings Questionnaire|
|Carol Hafner||Congress/House||Hafner Questionnaire|
|Thomas “John” Nelson||Congress/House||Nelson Questionnaire
|Mark Begich||Governor||Begich Questionnaire|
|Mead Treadwell||Governor||Treadwell Questionnaire|
|Debra Call||Lt. Governor|
|Lynn Gattis||Lt. Governor|
|Edie Grunwald||Lt. Governor|
|Sharon Jackson||Lt. Governor|
|Kevin Meyer||Lt. Governor|
|Gary Stevens||Lt. Governor|
|Stephen Wright||Lt. Governor|
|Bill Walker/Byron Mallott (on general ballot only)||Governor/Lt. Governor|
|Jesse Kiehl||State Senate Q||Kiehl Questionnaire|
|Don Etheridge||State Senate Q||Etheridge Questionnaire|
|Steve Handy||State House 33|
|Sara Hannan||State House 33|
|Chris Dimond (on general ballot only)||State House 33||Dimond Questionnaire|
|Tom Morphet||State House 33|
|Rob Edwardson||State House 34|
|Jerry Nankervis||State House 34|
|Andi Story||State House 34|
|Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins||State House 35|
|Kenny “Karl” Skaflestad||State House 35|
|Richard Wein||State House 35|
|Ghert Abbott||State House 36|
|Trevor Shaw||State House 36|
|Dan Ortiz (on general ballot only)||State House 36|