Nikiski resident runs for state Senate seat

Joe Arness, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board President, filed his intent to run as a candidate for the Alaska State Legislature on Wednesday.

Arness, a Nikiski resident, will seek election in the newly created Senate District N as a Republican. He will face off against Cathy Giessel, a current Republican Anchorage Senator serving in the district's area. Arness, a 60-year-old real estate broker and commercial fisherman, previously ran for the state senate in 1992 and 2002 but has not been elected.

District N covers portions of south Anchorage, Girdwood and the north Peninsula, including Seward, Cooper Landing, Sterling and Nikiski.

"I figure half the people are from the Peninsula and half of the people are from Anchorage, there might as well be a choice," Arness said.

Arness said he would like to see a number of changes made at the state level.

"I would like to see some sanity in Juneau," Arness said. "I would like common sense in Juneau, I would like to see some ability to accomplish something in Juneau. ... It is not like I am trying to get elected to further any specific cause.

"I have a pretty long history of service on the Peninsula and I think I have been reasonably successful at it and I think I'd like to take that ability to get along with people and accomplish things to Juneau."

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