Elections division rules in favor of Kohring

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Vic Kohring, who splits his time between Alaska and Oregon, is eligible to be on the Aug. 27 GOP Primary ballot this year, the state Division of Elections ruled.

The division ruled against a local Democrat voter who alleged the four-term Republican from Wasilla did not live in his district.

Kohring moved in with his parents in Wasilla in May 2001 when it became clear that a new legislative map would pit him against fellow GOP incumbent Beverly Masek.

Kohring owns a vacant home in his previous district and a home in Portland Ore., where his wife stays.

State law requires a candidate to live in the district for a year before seeking office. Kohring filed his candidacy in June 2002.

''By renting a room from his parents and habitating there, Mr. Kohring has established and maintained a physical presence in the district,'' wrote elections Director Janet Kowalski.

The complaint was filed June 3 by Gilbert Lucero, a registered Democrat who serves on the Alaska Democratic Party's state central committee.

Lucero alleged that Kohring acknowledged in media accounts that the candidate doesn't maintain a physical presence at a home in his district.

The division used voter registration information and other information filed by Kohring to support ''presumptive evidence'' that he is eligible, according to its report.

Kohring's residency has been an issue in the past. For a time, Kohring lived in a motor home on an undeveloped one-acre lot in his former House district. The motor home had no running water, and it was fed with electricity from a neighbor's property.

Kohring built his current vacant home on that property in 2000 and had planned to live there before he was married in 2001, he has said.

The incumbent lawmaker has no Republican challenger. Marci Schmidt is seeking the nomination of the Alaskan Independence Party in the Nov. 5 general election.

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