Alright Alaska, you’re up! Protect The Last Frontier by voting for eco-friendly congressional candidates this election season. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
In your state, different political parties get to choose how to run the polls. If you want to vote for a Democrat, Libertarian, or member of the Alaskan Independence Party, you do not need to be registered with the party to vote for them in the primary. If you’re looking to vote Republican, though, you must be a registered Republican in order to participate in the primary. This election is on August 21. The candidates need only the most votes to move onto the general election in November.
Things on the ballot this year: US House, Governor, state executive offices, state house, state senate, appellate courts, local judges, state ballot measures, school boards, municipal government, recalls, and candidate ballot access.
U.S. House of Representatives
Alaska is a state with a district-at-large. This means that the whole state is just one district!
Our pick: Carol Hafner
- Former Biotechnology Industry Professional
Carol here opposes drilling exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is a big deal because of the risk oil drilling poses. You’ve heard the stories of oil spills. They cause irreversible damage to the waters, the organisms living there, and the entire ecosystem. Nevermind the fact that the country should be investing in renewable energy developments instead. (Which is, of course, something Carol supports, along with reducing carbon emissions and improving environmental protections.)
Other House Candidates:
- Dimitri Shein (D) – Wants to move toward renewable energy to improve the effects of climate change and make sure scientists are working for the EPA.
- Don Young (R) – Incumbent – Wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling exploration. He also supported the Keystone XL pipeline (source).
- Thomas “John” Nelson (R)
- Jed Whittaker (R)
- Christopher Cumings (Independent)
- Alyse Galvin (Independent) – Supports Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling exploration, but not some much in the Arctic Ocean.