Jamie Allard, Anchorage Assembly member, will appear at State House
Anchorage Assembly member Jamie Allard will be running for a seat at the newly opened Eagle River State House by Redistribution.
Allard, a Republican, announced her decision Thursday morning, a month after filing a letter of intent saying she would run for a job in the state. This letter had left the office empty, leaving it uncertain whether she would run for the House, the Senate, or some other post.
Allard said she intended to continue serving in the Anchorage Coven while she campaigned for State House.
In a written statement and brief interview, she said she hoped to help Republicans regain control of House Alaska, which has been controlled by a multi-party coalition since 2016.
A Republican-controlled house would help Gov. Mike Dunleavy, she said. Dunleavy is running for re-election in 2022.
[Former Anchorage Sen. Cathy Giessel, defeated in 2020, will run again in 2022]
The Southern District of Eagle River State House is currently represented by coalition member Kelly Merrick, R-Eagle River, but new legislative boundaries drawn in the decade-long Alaska redistribution process have placed the house of Merrick in his compatriot Ken McCarty’s district of R-Eagle River, leaving his former district without a holder.
Merrick’s decision to join the coalition this spring ended a months-long standoff at the Alaska House that crippled the body. Allard blames that choice, saying Republicans could have found a way to break it on their own.
She said she plans to challenge Merrick, even before the redistribution draws new lines.
“It’s because of his decision that led to putting three Democrats in key positions on the committees. She played a big role in why the state followed what it did, ”Allard said.
Allard’s potential district is strongly Republican, and Allard herself has ruled from the right as a member of the assembly.
She has fought pandemic restrictions in Anchorage, clashed with other members of the Liberal-leaning Assembly and is a trusted ally of Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson. She has also allied strongly with members of the private group Save Anchorage on Facebook, using it as a tool to organize opposition to the actions of the Assembly majority.
“It’s hard to be in the minority,” she said. “I believe my shoes (on the assembly) can be filled quite easily. We have good Conservatives in Eagle River.
Earlier this year, Allard was removed from the Alaska Human Rights Commission after commenting on social media to defend state-issued Nazi-themed license plates. Some Anchorage residents have started a petition to try to remove her from office.
That story didn’t stop Allard from racking up a long list of endorsements for his run for State House. Among those supporting Allard, according to a list she provided, were Mayor Bronson, Parliamentary Minority Leader Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, Conservative political writer Suzanne Downing and several Republican members of the House and Senate. of State.
Joe Wright, the local Republican Party chairman, filed a letter of intent allowing him to raise funds for a possible candidacy, but said on Thursday he had not decided whether he would run for the House. in the Senate or not at all.
“I’m excited for Jamie,” he said.
The deadline for a candidate to register for the race is 5:00 p.m. on June 1.