The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
Foster looks to his seat on the Transportation committee and his ties to the House majority; Olson won’t be caucusing with the Senator Majority, but will keep key seat on Finance committee.
Concessions from opponents over the past few days means Bill Walker will take the governor’s job, while Dan Sullivan will take one of Alaska’s Senate seats in Washington.
Voters in western Alaska bucked state trends in some races, but gave more decisive returns in others.
Polls across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and while results are still unofficial the big winners appear to be Walker, Sullivan and marijuana.
Voters will decide on state lawmakers, governor, a U.S. Senator, Alaska’s only U.S. House rep, and on three ballot initiatives ranging from marijuana to minimum wage.
As AFN endorses candidates in the Governor and Senate races, Bering Straits Native Corporation follows suit, with an additional endorsement for Don Young.
Walker will run as governor, Mallott as lieutenant governor on the “Alaska First Unity Ticket.”
Primary voters will pick candidates for major races for both parties, as well as decide the fate of Alaska’s contentious new oil tax system.
Beyond supporting the re-election of Democratic Senator Mark Begich, the convention in Nome endorsed a party candidate for the U.S. House and reiterated support for gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.