Challenger questions Lincoln residency

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Georgianna Lincoln is claiming in advertisements that she no longer lives in the Bush.

Republican Mac Carter of Central says his lives in rural Alaska but that Lincoln does not.

Lincoln told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner her home is in Rampart, she receives her permanent fund dividend in Rampart, she votes in Rampart and she owns no property elsewhere. The ad, she said, is a lie.

Lincoln and Carter are battling for Senate District C, the mammoth Bush district that horseshoes around Fairbanks and has a land mass comparable to Texas.

Tom Godkin, Interior region acting elections supervisor, said the state Division of Elections lists Lincoln's address as Fourth Avenue in Rampart, a village listed in the 2000 census as having a population of 45. The villages is on the Yukon River 100 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

The Republicans have no material proof Lincoln lives elsewhere, said Randy Clendaniel, Carter's campaign manager. But Carter and Clendaniel have been traveling around the district since spring and Clendaniel said it's common knowledge among Lincoln's constituents that their senator does not live in the Bush.

''Get up in an airplane, get out there and ask them how many times they see her. I think you'd be surprised,'' Clendaniel said. ''We've talked to people. She's up there for fish camp. Is that representing the Bush?''

Lincoln called Carter's assertion desperate. She said she lives in Juneau from January through May, while the Legislature is in session, and spends the rest of her time in Rampart or traveling the district.

''First he accuses me of not getting around the district, now he accuses me of not staying home,'' Lincoln said. ''This guy is absurd.''

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