Republican incumbent Carl Gatto faces Democrat and bookstore owner David Cheezem in the upcoming race for the Matanuska Valley’s state House District 13. Gatto has served in the legislature since his 2002 win, but challenger Cheezem says a fast-growing district needs new leadership. Gatto’s getting support from well-known Alaskans like Ed Rasmuson, Red Boucher and Gabriel LeDoux, while Cheezem has drawn contributions from sources as diverse as the Mat-Su Educational Association and Fairbanks Laborer’s Local 942.
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
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