Former JDHS teacher announces campaign for downtown Juneau’s House seat

Sara Hannan of Douglas has filed a letter of intent indicating her plans to run for the House seat held by Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau. (Courtesy photo)

Sara Hannan of Douglas has filed a letter of intent indicating her plans to run for the House seat held by Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau. (Courtesy photo)

A former Juneau-Douglas High School teacher has filed to run for the Alaska House seat currently held by Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, representing Skagway, Haines, Gustavus and downtown Juneau.

Sara Hannan of Douglas filed a letter of intent Wednesday that allows her to raise money for the 2018 election season.

“I’m going to run for state House District 33,” she said by phone Friday morning.

Hannan retired from teaching in 2016 and said she now has “some time and attention and energy to put toward other things.”

Hannan was involved with this year’s Women’s March, which encouraged women to become involved with the political process.

“I feel like if I’ve been telling everyone else to step up and get involved, I should take my own advice,” she said.

Hannan previously sought to be appointed to the downtown seat after the 2014 resignation of Beth Kerttula. She was one of nine people who applied to fill the vacancy. Rep. Kitowas ultimately chosen by then-governor Sean Parnell.

In addition to teaching, she has served as a negotiator for the Juneau Education Association and volunteers with groups across the city, including the storytelling forum Mudrooms.

Hannan said she does not yet have an official campaign email address, Facebook page or website; she intends to have those ready by mid-March, when she will file an official form with the Alaska Division of Elections. That will place her name on the fall ballot.

She said education and health care will be among her top priorities.

Kito said Friday that he hasn’t made up his mind about running for re-election, and likely will not until mid-March. Hannan said she spoke with Kito before filing her letter of intent.

Both Kito and Hannan are registered Democrats, according to the records of the Alaska Division of Elections.

“I know he’s not yet made a decision,” Hannan said, but “I needed to make my decision based on me, not based on what anybody else is going to do. … I’m prepared to run this race either way.”

No other candidates have filed in the District 33 race. The deadline to register with the Alaska Division of Elections is June 1.

• Contact reporter James Brooks at or call 523-2258.

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of July 20

Here’s what to expect this week.

Bartlett Regional Hospital’s crisis stabilization center during its unveiling on June 14, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Bartlett Regional Hospital shuts down programs at recently opened Aurora Behavioral Health Center

Crisis stabalization program halted at center due to lack of funds and staff, officials say.

A car on Gastineau Avenue is partially buried by a mudslide that occurred during record rainfall on Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Photo by Simba Blackman)
New July rainfall record set for Juneau with a week to go; Suicide Basin nears 2023 fill level

No more heavy storms expected this month, according to forecaster.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees votes for a new chair and vice chair during a meeting in Fairbanks on Wednesday. (Screenshot from APFC livestream)
Ellie Rubenstein resigns from Permanent Fund board, Ethan Schutt displaced as chair in wake of email allegations

Trustees elect new chair, vice chair Wednesday morning; Rubenstein announces resignation hours later

Police and other emergency officials treat Steven Kissack after he was shot on Front Street on Monday, July 15, 2024. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Names of officers involved in death of Steven Kissack released, along with more details of standoff

JPD states Kissack threatened to kill officers; one officer who fired gun cleared in 2016 shooting.

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, speaks on Jan. 4, 2024, at a town hall meeting on the possible Albertsons-Kroger grocery merger. The meeting was held at the Teamsters Local 959 headquarters in Anchorage. Peltola said on Tuesday she has not decided whether to support her party’s likely candidate, Vice President Kamala Harris. (Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Rep. Mary Peltola withholds support for Kamala Harris, is ‘keeping an open mind’

Congresswoman says she’s considering Harris presidency’s affect on Alaska as an oil-dependent state.

People arrive for a service at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Sunday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Lawsuit: Resurrection Lutheran Church leaders have been ousted, clarity in ‘ministerial work’ needed

Pastor Karen Perkins, two others targeted in long-brewing feud at church known for helping homeless.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Sunday, July 21, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Saturday, July 20, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read