Democrats pick new candidate for Anchorage Senate seat

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Democratic Party has chosen a new candidate for an Anchorage-area state Senate seat after the previous candidate withdrew, the party said Wednesday.

Defense attorney Mitch Schapira has been chosen as the candidate for Senate District P, covering the the Anchorage Hillside and Eagle River.

Ken Ziegahn, an educator who ran unopposed in last week's primary, cited a new job and family responsibilities for his decision to drop out of the race.

Schapira has lived in Alaska for 26 years and lives on the Hillside with his wife, Suzanne, and their children.

In a written statement, he said he gladly accepted the Democratic Party's nomination because Alaska is experiencing a ''legislative crisis'' in which lawmakers ''refuse to act in the face of obvious threats to our economy and quality of life.''

Those threats, Schapira said, include the fiscal gap, a subsistence stalemate and high health insurance costs, among other issues.

Schapira's opponent for Senate Seat P in November will be veteran Republican Rep. Con Bunde of Anchorage.

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