Mary Peltola (D) Takes Lead in Alaska House Race | Currents

  

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Via:  kavika  •  2 weeks ago  •  14 comments

By:   Jenna Kunze (Native News Online)

Mary Peltola (D) Takes Lead in Alaska House Race  | Currents
Congressional candidate and elect Mary Peltola (Yup'ik) is on track to fill the state's congressional at-large seat made vacant by Congressman Don Young's unexpected death in March 2022. In unofficial results counted by early Wednesday from 96% of a...

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Details By Jenna Kunze November 09, 2022

Congressional candidate and elect Mary Peltola (Yup'ik) is on track to fill the state's congressional at-large seat made vacant by Congressman Don Young's unexpected death in March 2022.

In unofficial results counted by early Wednesday from 96% of all precincts, Peltola brought in more than 100,500 votes—claiming about 47% of the vote for Alaska's single U.S. House seat. Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin was in second place with about 27%. Under Alaska's new ranked choice voting system, results aren't final until a candidate has garnered more than 50% of votes. If the leading candidate doesn't cross that threshold, the winner will be determined by second and third-choice votes, which will be tallied by election officials on Nov. 23. Votes from fifteen precincts have yet to be counted.

"I am honored that so many Alaskans have entrusted me with their votes," Peltola said today in a statement. "No matter who ends up winning or losing this race, I hope we will all work together to solve Alaska's urgent problems in the coming weeks, months, and years. My campaign has never been about partisan politics. It has always been about Alaska's future."

Peltola, 49, made history as the first Alaska Native member of Congress and the first Democratic woman to represent Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives when she beat out Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the special election held in August. She was sworn in on September 13, 2022. Peltola is only the fifth person to represent the state in the House since Alaska gained statehood in 1959.

Less than two weeks after being sworn in, Rep. Petola introduced her first piece of legislation — the Food Security for all Veterans Act (H.R.8888), which calls for the creation of an Office of Food Security within the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the bill was voted out of the House's Veterans Affairs committee. After three weeks on the job, Peltola worked with Republican Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski to pressure the Biden Administration to fully fund disaster relief support after a major storm devastated primarily Native communities in Western Alaska.

The focus of Peltola's campaign has been "fish, family and freedom" for all Alaskans.

"My relationship to salmon goes back to my mother and our language," Peltola told Native News Online in an August interview. "The generic word for fish is also a generic word for food. Fish is a huge part of our diet. Being a Yup'ik person meant putting up hundreds and hundreds of fish for the winter that would take us through the winter. Dry salmon is a huge part of our diet. And it's something that we've been missing for the last 13 years."

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She added that being pro-fish is about "talking about precautionary management, considering the low ocean productivity, as well as adaptive management."

In the race for the U.S. Senate, results show incumbent candidate Lisa Murkowski closely behind her challenger and fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka.


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Kavika
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1  seeder  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Mary Peltola has 10 years of experience in the Alaska State legislature and years as a tribal court judge. 

She is supported by the Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski and the family of Don Young (R) who held the seat for 49 years. 

Here's hoping that she wins the seat.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Kavika @1    2 weeks ago

Me too. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  pat wilson @1.1    2 weeks ago

It would be a first in many ways, pat.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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1.1.2  pat wilson  replied to  Kavika @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Who better to represent Alaska than an Alaska Native.

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.3  seeder  Kavika   replied to  pat wilson @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

And one that knows the landscape both politically and environmentally and has a number of years of experience as a working politician in Alaska.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

She seems well qualified for the job (especially against Palin), and you got her motto:

"fish, family and freedom" for all Alaskans.

That is all most Alaskans want. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    2 weeks ago
That is all most Alaskans want. 

That is true and the top republicans in the state are supporting her over Palin.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @2.1    2 weeks ago
the top republicans in the state are supporting her over Palin.

That tells you how well-qualified she is.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2  devangelical  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    2 weeks ago

it's gratifying to see just how popular bible spice is in alaska.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @2.2    2 weeks ago

LOL

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

her kids may be half alaskan native, but she hasn't had any in her lately.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @2.2.2    2 weeks ago

Her kids may be half Alaskan native, but Palin is a half baked Alaskan.  Brainless.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3  Gsquared    2 weeks ago

I hope her vote total passes 50% and she wins outright without having to go through the rank voting scenario.

I've heard her interviewed on TV.  She is terrific.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @3    2 weeks ago

She is close to the 50% level, like you I hope that she can get over it and avoid the rank voting system.

 
 

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