Some races uncontested

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2006

Four candidates that will be on their party’s primary ballots Tuesday are facing no challengers.

House District 33

Pete Sprague, of Soldotna, is the only Democratic Party candidate for Alaska House of Representatives in District 33, which covers Kenai, Soldotna, and Kalifornsky. Sprague, a former commercial fisherman and retired postal worker, is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and has been since October 1998. He has served as president of the assembly. He was also a member of the Soldotna City Council.

He is a member of the board of the Alaska Municipal League and served as its president from November 2004 to November 2005. He was Kenai Peninsula College Council chair from 2004 to 2006 and is a member of the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board.

House District 34

Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, is the only candidate running for the House from District 34 in the primary. Not only does he face no Republican challenger, no other candidate from any party has filed to run in the general election from District 34.

District 34 covers a wide rural area of the Kenai Peninsula including Nikiski that stretches from Turnagain Arm to Nikolaevsk, and wraps around District 33.

Chenault was first elected to the House in 2000 and has been re-elected twice. Since 2003 he has co-chaired the House Resources Committee, and also chaired the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs from 2001 through 2002.

He is the vice-chair of the Special Committee on Oil and Gas, and currently sits on the Community and Regional Affairs and Rules committees as well as several Finance Subcommittees.

He was a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education for two years, ending in 2000 when he went to Juneau.

House District 35

There are two candidates in the House District 35 race that covers the Anchor Point, Homer, Kachemak Bay and Seward regions, but neither is running against the other.

Rep. Paul Seaton, of Homer, is the lone Republican candidate. He is a longtime commercial fisherman and business owner. He was first elected to the House in 2003.

He is the current chair of the State Affairs Committee and is vice-chair of the Health, Education and Social Services Committee as well as the House Resources Committee. He holds seats on several Finance Subcommittees, including the Fish & Game Subcommittee.

Seward resident Anthony K. Sieminski is running for House District 33 as a Democrat. Efforts to reach Sieminski were unsuccessful. Sieminski and Seaton will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Senate District R

The other race affecting the Kenai Peninsula is the race for Senate Seat R, now held by incumbent Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, who is running unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

Elected twice to the Alaska House (2000 and 2002), Stevens was appointed to the Senate to fill a vacancy in 2003 and re-elected to his senate seat in 2004. He has served as Senate Majority Leader since 2003.

Stevens has been a resident of Alaska since 1970. He is a retired professor from the University of Alaska.

He also has served as the mayor of the Kodiak Island Borough and as mayor of the city of Kodiak.

In his legislative career, he has held numerous committee posts.

Senate District R includes parts of the lower and eastern Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak.

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