House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

Kiehl, Nankervis also advance to general election after unopposed victories

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday.

According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has won the Democratic nomination for House District 33 and Andi Story has won the party’s nomination for House District 34.

Both women will advance to the general election and face challenges by well-funded male candidates.

Story will face Juneau Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis, who won the Republican nomination Tuesday in an uncontested election.

Hannan will run against independent candidate Chris Dimond.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to the future,” Story said after the final unofficial results of her race were released by the Alaska Division of Elections.

Story’s challenger, independent Rob Edwardson, received one vote for every three that Story earned.

By cellphone, he said he will be supporting her in the general election.

“I think it’s important to keep the House Majority Coalition. I think it’s important for the Valley to elect somebody who is people-centric and progressive, and that’s why I’m supporting Andi,” he said.

Final unofficial results for House District 33 were not available at the Empire’s press deadline, but with 9 of 11 precincts reporting, Hannan held an insurmountable lead.

“I’m feeling pretty confident. Still have a few precincts to report in, but I’m feeling pretty good,” she said. “I’ve got enough of a lead that unless things break 100 percent for Tom … even with that I’m pretty confident.”

For Senate District Q, which covers both House districts, Jesse Kiehl received the Democratic nomination unopposed. He advances to a general election challenge by independent Don Etheridge.

Election Day turnout appeared up from the 2016 primary election but not as high as the 2014 primary, which also took place during midterm federal elections.

In the Mendenhall Valley’s House District 34, there were 3,461 votes cast out of a possible 15,218 on Election Day. That tally does not include all absentee or questioned ballots, but it was already well above the 2,056 votes cast during the 2016 primary in that district.

Story received three-quarters of the 1,926 Democratic votes cast in the district, while Nankervis received 1,304 votes out of 1,535 Republican ballots cast. That signifies nearly 200 people cast Republican ballots but did not fill in the circle for Nankervis.

Nankervis, talking to the Empire as he cast his vote about 12:30 p.m. at Aldersgate Methodist Church in the Mendenhall Valley, said people shouldn’t take the primary tallies and apply them to the general election matchup between himself and Story.

Story was running in a contested race, which generates more interest, and some people are likely to have picked a Republican ballot simply to vote in the contested Republican primary for governor.

“The numbers might be different than they might be otherwise,” he said.

In House District 33, full results were not yet available at 11 p.m., the Empire’s press deadline, but turnout appeared to be higher than in 2016, when voters cast 2,529 ballots.

With nine of 11 precincts reporting, Hannan received 65.3 percent of the tally, more than challengers Tom Morphet, Steve Handy and James Hart (who withdrew from the race after the ballot deadline but before Election Day).

Her closest competitor was Morphet, who received 16.1 percent of the Election Day tally.

Hannan attributed her success to “a true grassroots campaign. Knocking on over 2,000 doors myself and talking to people throughout the district about things that are of concern to them,” she said.

“That’s the same thing I’m going to do to win in November,” she added.


• Contact reporter James Brooks at jbrooks@juneauempire.com or 523-2258.


More in Home

Bill Thomas, a lifelong Haines resident and former state lawmaker, has filed as a candidate for the District 3 House seat that includes the northern half of Juneau on Wednesday. (Alaska State Legislature photo)
Former Haines lawmaker Bill Thomas challenging Rep. Andi Story for District 3 House seat

Challenger served in Legislature from 2005-13, been a lobbyist and commercial fisherman for decades.

The student band performs at Thunder Mountain High School. (Screenshot from student film “Digging a Hole in the School Budget”)
Thunder Mountain High School graduates win film festival award

Documentary by Jade Hicks, Hayden Loggy-Smith portrays human impacts of school consolidation plan.

The city of Hoonah, which is petitioning to incorporate as a borough that includes a large surrounding area that includes Glacier Bay and a few tiny communities. (Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development photo)
Hoonah’s petition to create Alaska’s 20th borough opposed by state boundary commission staff

Xunaa Borough would rank 8th in size, 18th in population; final decision, public vote still pending.

Ian Worden, interim CEO at Bartlett Regional Hospital, presents an update about the hospital’s financial situation during a board of directors meeting on Tuesday night. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Bartlett officials seek to extend interim CEO’s contract to end of year amidst financial crisis planning

Ian Worden took over temporary leadership in October; 39 applicants so far for permanent job.

The LeConte state ferry departs Juneau on Tuesday afternoon, bound for Haines on a special round-trip following two cancelled sailings due to a mechanical problem. (Laurie Craig / Juneau Empire)
LeConte returns to service with special trip to Haines after weekend cancellation

State ferry will pick up half of nearly 60 stranded vehicles, others may have to wait until July.

Anchorage pullers arrived at Wrangell’s Petroglyph Beach on May 23 for a canoe-naming ceremony. One of the canoes they will paddle to Juneau was dedicated to Wrangell’s Marge Byrd, Kiks.adi matriarch Shaawat Shoogoo. The canoe’s name is Xíxch’ dexí (Frog Backbone). (Becca Clark / Wrangell Sentinel)
Canoes making 150-mile journey from Wrangell, other Southeast communities to Celebration

Paddlers expected to arrive in Juneau on June 4, one day before biennial Alaska Native gathering.

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé’s Ida Meyer (301) and Etta Eller (294) lead the 3,200 at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field State Championships on Saturday. (Pete Pounds / Alaska Sports Report)
JDHS’ Etta Eller takes gold, Ida Meyer silver in 3,200 at state track and field championships

Eller also wins 1,600; Wilder Dillingham wins 200 during event in Anchorage.

The Alaska State Capitol and Dimond Courthouse are seen on Thursday morning, Jan. 18. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Judicial Council recommends Alaskans keep all judges, including figure behind correspondence ruling

The Alaska Judicial Council has voted to recommend that state voters retain… Continue reading

Wreath bearers present wreaths for fallen comrades, brothers and sisters in arms during a Memorial Day ceremony at Alaskan Memorial Park on Monday. Laying wreaths on the graves of fallen heroes is a way to honor and remember the sacrifices made. (Jasz Garrett / Juneau Empire)
Traditional Memorial Day ceremonies offer new ways to ‘never forget’ those who served

New installations at memorial sites, fresh words of reminder shared by hundreds gathering in Juneau.

Most Read