Alyse Galvin, indpendent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, right, speaks with Marilyn Orr during a “town-hall-style coffee and conversation” at 60 Degrees North Coffee and Tea on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Galvin is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Don Young. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alyse Galvin, indpendent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, right, speaks with Marilyn Orr during a “town-hall-style coffee and conversation” at 60 Degrees North Coffee and Tea on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Galvin is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Don Young. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alyse Galvin announces bid for Congress

Galvin runs again against U.S. Rep. Don Young

Alyse Galvin has announced her campaign to unseat incumbent Don Young in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020.

Galvin ran against Young in 2018 but lost in the general election. Following a decision by the state supreme court, Galvin, an Independent, was able to challenge Democrats in that party’s primary and ultimate ran on the Democratic ticket.

Galvin has announced her campaign as an Independent again, but has not said whether she intends to run in the Democratic primary again.

“Amid persistent partisan gridlock on the state and federal level, Galvin will also focus her candidacy on better government, demanding that our representatives actually work for the people they serve,” a press release announcing her candidacy on Tuesday said.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, speaks at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, speaks at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Young, a Republican, has been Alaska’s only representative in the House since 1973. He is currently serving his 24th term, the longest-serving Republican House member in history.

Galvin won 45 percent of the vote to Young’s 53 in 2018, in what her campaign announcement claimed was the strongest challenge to Young in a decade.

For a time during the 2018 campaign, Galvin was out-raising Young in campaign funds according to the Federal Election Commission. According to the FEC, 98 percent of Galvin’s fundraising came from individual contributions while Young received about half from individuals and the remainder from political organizations.

Galvin will begin touring Alaska in the fall, according to the press release.


• Contact reporter Peter Segall at 523-2228 or psegall@juneauempire.com.


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