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ANCHORAGE,Alaska-Even though Representative Don Young has not declared if he is making another run to retain his seat in the U.S. House of representatives, he reported receiving over $100,000 between July 1st and September 30th, bringing his total campaign war chest to over $325,000. Those numbers are out-dated as he need not make another disclosure until the end of next month. He still has six months to meet the Division of Elections deadline for filing to run.
The second longest serving Republican in the House will no doubt run for his 21st time for the long held seat in the House. With no viable opponents on either side, he would almost certainly gain victory.
Former state representative Harry Crawford ran against Young in the last election two years ago, and gained over 30% of the vote. But he stated that he will not attempt a run against Young this year. Instead, Crawford says he has his eye on a state Senate seat this election cycle.
So far, only one Republican, John Cox of Anchor Point, has filed to run against Don Young in the August primaries. Non-affiliated candidate, Ted Gianoutsos has also filed, as has Libertarian candidate, Jim McDermott.
There are no strong players on the Democrat ticket for the seat. Frank Vondersaar, who is perennially on the ticket, is not seen as a viable contender. Neither is Democrat Doug Urquidi, Urquidi garnered only 11% of the vote last Spring when vying for an assembly seat in Anchorage.
Scott Adams, the former Mayor of Sitka, who ran on the Democrat ticket for the U.S. Senate seat last election, says he will not go up against Young for the representative seat. Neither will Diane Benson, who has run against Young in the previous two elections.
However, Alaska Democrat Party chair Patti Higgins says that Young will not slide into his seat easily. She states that even though there has been no serious contenders stepping up as yet, there are several exciting possibilities.