Claman Jumps Into West Anchorage House Race

Matt Claman. Photo from
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Another Anchorage politician has filed to run for office in 2014.

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Former Anchorage Assemblyman, Matt Claman, confirms that he will be running for the District 19 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. That’s the seat that Lindsey Holmes now holds.

Claman says the district, which spans an area South and West of Anchorage, needs a Democrat.

“The voters have consistently elected Democrats from that part of Anchorage and I think it’s because the Alaska Democratic Party and the people who have run for that seat as Democrats have represented the voters’ values better than the Republican Party does,” Claman said.

A campaign to recall Holmes is underway but signature gatherers have not yet turned in their application to the division of elections.

Holmes ran as a democrat and then switched to the Republican Party just after she was elected last year. Claman is an Anchorage attorney and resident of the Turnagain neighborhood. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2007 and became chair in 2008. When, then Mayor Mark Begich was elected to the U.S. Senate, Claman became acting Mayor for the first few months of 2009, and returned to the Assembly through 2010.

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