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House District 7: Seat now held by Phillips eyed by both parties

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2000

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Editor's note: Today, the Peninsula Clarion begins a series of stories about the Kenai Peninsula's legislative races: House District 7 is featured today; House District 8 on Monday; House District 9 on Tuesday; and Senate District E on Wednesday. Each day's coverage will include an overview of the race, Clarion questions posed to the candidates and their written answers, as well as guest columns the candidates were invited to write.

The general election will be Nov. 7.

HOMER -- With barely more than one week to go before the Alaska statewide general election, candidates for House District 7 are working hard to get out the vote.

The District 7 seat, which represents residents from Nanwalek to Kasilof and from Harris Bay to Lake Clark, has been held for 10 years by Rep. Gail Phillips, a Republican from Homer. But Phillips did not file for re-election. She has her eyes set on a run for the governor's mansion in 2002.

The Republicans hope to retain the lower Kenai Peninsula seat, while Democrats wish to wrest it from the Republican side. Both parties consider it an important seat.

The Republicans have chosen long-time Homer-area commercial fisher Drew Scalzi, an eight-year Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member, whom Phillips has endorsed enthusiastically.

Democrats have nominated a long-time party member and former convention delegate who spent a career as an educator, Amy Bollenbach.

Prior to the primary election, the Peninsula Clarion printed stories which focused on why the candidates wanted the job, their priorities and how they viewed local issues.

Today, the candidates discuss their differences, their philosophies and how they think they will work with their legislative colleagues of both parties should they be elected.

Hal Spence is a reporter for the Homer News.



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