Candidate filings show large turnover in Legislature

About one-third of Alaska’s legislators could be new to their job next year as multiple incumbents have decided to retire or seek higher office.

The candidate filing deadline for the Aug. 16 statewide primary election was June 1.

In addition to the state Senate president, Soldotna Republican Peter Micciche, and Senate Democratic minority leader Tom Begich, of Anchorage, eight other legislative incumbents have decided it is time to retire or take a break from elected office.

In addition to those 10 who decided not to seek reelection, eight more are leaving their seats to run for governor or the...


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