ANCHORAGE, Alaska ( Associated Press) –
Ten candidates have submitted to the expiration date of the late U.S. Rep. Don Young to fill, and at least two more have indicated they will make it official before Friday’s submission deadline.
The seat became vacant when 88-year-old Young, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House, died on March 18. He has been in office since 1973.
Nick Begich III said he submitted his paperwork on Wednesday for both the special election to fill the remainder of Young’s current term and the regular election.
Those who have officially submitted include Brian Beal, Gregg Brelsford, Chris Bye, John Coghill, Ted Heintz, Bill Hibler, Bob Lyons, JR Myers and Stephen Wright. Bye and Myers are Libertarians, while Coghill, Lyons and Wright are Republicans. The others did not declare a party.
Democrat Christopher Constant, a member of the Anchorage Assembly, and Al Gross, an independent who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2020, also said they plan to run.
A special primary and special election will decide who completes the current House term. Candidates face a Friday deadline to submit to the state division of elections to run in the June 11 special by-election. The top four voting warriors in the special by-election will advance to a special election on August 16, in which arranged voting will be used. This is in line with a new electoral system approved by voters in 2020.
The division is aiming for September 2 to certify the special election.
The special election in August will coincide with the regular primary election.
The regular primary and November general election will determine who will represent Alaska in the U.S. House for a two-year term beginning in January.