The Green Papers: Alaska 2021 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2021. Find 2022 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2020 Census:736,081 (0.24% of 309,785,186)
2024, 2028 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2022-2030 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
2010 Census:721,523 (0.23% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)

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Alaska State and Local Government

Any voter may participate in the Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party, and Alaskan Independence Party primary. Only voters registered with the party affiliation of Republican, Nonpartisan, or Undeclared may vote in the Alaska Republican Party primary.

Beginning in 2022, all candidates, party members and independents, participate in a non-partisan Primary. The top four vote getters, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the General Election. The General Election uses an instant-runoff where voters rank their choices (for all offices including President). Should no candidate win a majority (50% + 1), the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who voted for the lowest vote-getter as their 1st choice have their votes redistributed to their 2nd choice. The process continues until one candidate receives a majority.


U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 117th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Dan Sullivan
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2020.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2026

Class 3 Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski
Appointed by Governor Frank H. Murkowski (Republican) on 20 December 2002, to fill vacancy left by the resignation of her father, the same Frank H. Murkowski, when he resigned to become Governor of the State on 2 December 2002. First elected: 2004; relected: 2010 (as a write-in), 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (10)
  Candidate Republican     Samuel A. "Sam" Little
Samuel or Samual

FEC S2AK00150
  Candidate Republican     Senator Lisa Murkowski
FEC S4AK00099; 30 Sep 21; Tot $2,594,961; Dsb $375,386
  Candidate Republican     Karl W. Speights
FEC S2AK00119
  Candidate Republican     former state Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka
FEC S2AK00127; 30 Sep 21; Tot $1,225,246; Dsb $930,901
  Candidate Libertarian     Sean Michael Thorne
FEC S2AK00168; 30 Sep 21; Tot $847; Dsb $173
  Candidate Alaskan Independence     Dustin T. Darden
FEC S2AK00143
  Candidate Alaskan Independence     Joe T. Stephens
FEC S2AK00176; 01 Oct 21; Tot $160; Dsb $160
  Candidate Non Affiliated     Sidney "Sid" Hill
  Candidate Non Affiliated     Huhnkie Lee
FEC S2AK00135; 30 Sep 21; Tot $8,360; Dsb $3,360
  Candidate Undeclared     Dave H. Darden

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor Mike J. Dunleavy
First elected: 2018
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Les Gara
  Candidate Republican     Governor Mike J. Dunleavy
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Christopher Kurka
  Candidate Republican     Bruce Walden
for Lieutenant Governor: Tanya Lange
  Candidate Libertarian     William S. "Billy" Toien
for Lieutenant Governor: Shirley A. Rainbolt
  Candidate Non Affiliated     former Alaska Governor Bill Walker
for Lieutenant Governor: former state Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas

Bill Walker was first elected Governor in 2014 and an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 2018.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with (but nominated separately from) the Governor

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Kevin G. Meyer
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Open Seat - 28 December 2021: "I will not be running for re-election to Lieutenant Governor in 2022."
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Libertarian     Shirley A. Rainbolt

117th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2024. No Term Limit. 117th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 117th Congress
At-Large Republican Member of Congress Donald E. "Don" Young
First elected: 6 March 1973- in a Special Election re: the presumed death of Member of Congress Nick Begich in a plane crash, 16 October 1972 (Member of Congress Begich was re-elected to the House of the 93rd Congress, 7 November 1972, before he was declared legally dead and his seat thereby declared vacant)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (8) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Begich, III
Grandson of late Member of Congress Nick Begich

FEC H2AK01083
  Candidate Republican     Gregg Bowyer Brelsford
FEC H2AK01075; 30 Sep 21; Tot $25,617; Dsb $9,786
  Candidate Republican     Shannon Scott Evans
FEC H2AK01067
  Candidate Republican     Robert "Bob" Lyons
  Candidate Republican     Julio Perez
FEC H2AK00192
  Candidate Republican     Randy Purham
FEC H2AK01059; 30 Sep 21; Tot $948; Dsb $3,492
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress Donald E. "Don" Young
FEC H6AK00045; 30 Sep 21; Tot $370,579; Dsb $139,805
  Candidate Libertarian     Chris Bye

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Republican: 5 incumbents, 14 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 4 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Alaskan Independence: 2 candidates
  Justice Party
  Non Affiliated: 3 candidates
  Undeclared: 1 candidate
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.

Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Alaska Department of Administration - Political Offices Commission - APOC
  Alaska Division of Elections
  Alaska Public Offices Commission
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Alaska Legislature
  Alaska's Democratic Legislators
  Republican Party of Alaska
Third Party
  Alaska Constitution Party
  Alaska Constitution Party
  Alaska Libertarian Party
  Alaskan Independence Party
  Green Party of Alaska 11 January 2021: Green Party National Committee decertifies the Alaska Green Party due to the Alaska affiliate's declining to place the Green Party of the United States presidential nominees on the Alaska ballot.
  Justice Party of Alaska
  The Unity Party of Alaska
  The Unity Party of Alaska
Media & others - APRN - Alaska Public Telecommunications -Anchorage
  Anchorage Daily News
  Homer Tribune - Homer
  Juneau Empire
  Ketchikan Daily News
  Kodiak Daily Mirror
  KTUU TV - NBC - Anchorage
  KUAC FM - NPR/PBS - Fairbanks
  Nome Nugget
  Petersburg Pilot - Alaska
  The Alaska Star - Eagle River
  The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman - Wasilla
  The Peninsula Clarion - Kenai


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