State Primary Election Coming Up Next Tuesday

Alaska’s state primary elections are on Tuesday.  Two choices on the ballot have dominated statewide media coverage:  Proposition 1, which would repeal the state’s new oil-tax regime, known as MAPA or SB-21, and the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate Seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich.  The major candidates in that race are Joe Miller, former Attorney General and DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan, and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.

In addition to those high-profile campaigns, voters will be choosing candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and U.S. Representative to run in the general election in November.  In all of those races, only those registered as Republican, Independent, or Nonpartisan may vote to choose Republican general election candidates.  All registered voters may vote for other parties’ candidates.

In many parts of the state, voters will also choose candidates for the state legislature who will run in November’s general election.  In the Upper Valley, however, each party has, at most, one candidate.

Polling places in the Upper Valley include Talkeetna Elementary, the Upper Susitna Senior Center, Trapper Creek Elementary, and the Willow Community Center.

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