ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State office candidates rushed to file for this year’s primary elections Friday, producing several surprises before a 5 p.m. filing deadline.
Fifty-nine of the state Legislature’s 60 seats -- all 40 House seats and 19 of 20 Senate seats – are up for votes due to redistricting. The only seat not open is Senate District P, currently held by Sen. Dennis Egan (D-Juneau) after he was selected in 2009 by then-Gov. Sarah Palin to replace resigning Sen. Kim Elton.
Alaska’s 2012 elections are being conducted under an interim redistricting plan approved for use by the Alaska Supreme Court, despite its March rejection of the Alaska Redistricting Board’s original plan as insufficiently compliant with the state constitution.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, candidate listings by the state Division of Elections showed 149 candidates filing for the House and the Senate in this year’s elections. Republicans outnumbered Democrats, with 88 Republicans, 56 Democrats and five legislative candidates, who are not affiliated with a party.