Rahoi launches write-in campaign against Whitaker

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State representative Jim Whitaker will have some competition in next week's election.

Fairbanks octogenarian and perennial candidate Urban Rahoi has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Whitaker in his bid for re-election to the Alaska House representing Fairbanks.

The district covers Fort Wainwright as well as an area north and south of the base. Until Rahoi's filing, Whitaker had no competitors in the Republican primary and faced none in the general election.

Rahoi, 84, is the owner of Lakeview Terrace Trailer Park and a hunting lodge and also does gravel work. This makes the fourth decade in which he has run for the state House.

Rahoi says he doesn't have anything in particular against Whitaker, just with legislators in general.

''I just don't think any of those guys are doing too much, really,'' Rahoi said.

Tom Godkin of the Division of Elections in Fairbanks said Rahoi's entry as a write-in means he won't appear on the ballot, but he's free to campaign.

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