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)

US House candidate Galvin to host Juneau town hall

Independent is challenging incumbent Don Young in general election

Alyse Galvin, the independent candidate for Alaska’s sole U.S. House of Representatives seat, has announced a town hall meeting to take place in Juneau.

The meeting has been scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Sunday in the Hammond Room of Centennial Hall.

“It’s really going to be very open and transparent,” said Sidra Zaidi, Galvin’s director of communications. “It’s really whatever the audience wants to ask.”

Galvin faces incumbent Republican Rep. Don Young in the Nov. 6 general election. Young is the “Dean of the House” — the longest-serving active member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

No one has defeated Young since he was first elected to Congress in 1973, and his closest recent competitor was Ethan Berkowitz (now mayor of Anchorage) who lost to Young by five points in 2008.

Public opinion polls indicate Young is still the favorite in this year’s race, though the margin has been tightening as Election Day approaches, and Galvin has edged Young in campaign fundraising.

A tracking poll released this week by Alaska Survey Research found many voters do not know much about Galvin, a co-founder of Great Alaska Schools who won the Democratic primary in August.


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


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