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State Lawmaker Will Take On Young in Primary

Embattled Rep. Don Young (R) has a primary challenge in the form of state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R), a second-term lawmaker and former Democrat. Also the former mayor of Kodiak, LeDoux made her announcement last week.

“I think people are looking for a new way of doing things, a much more accountable form of government,” LeDoux said. “And I’ve always been that way as mayor, as representative. I’m just open to all of the people.”

LeDoux said she had not talked to the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, but she did call Young’s office to tell him about her intentions.

“Ms. LeDoux did graciously contact the Congressman’s campaign office to advise of her intent prior to her announcement,” confirmed Young campaign spokesman Mike Anderson. “Mr. Young looks forward to the primary where he will continue to focus, just as he focuses now, on the issues that Alaskans have told him are relevant to their future.”

Other Alaska Republicans also were considering a bid for the seat, most notably state Speaker John Harris, who is deferring to Young for now.

Former state House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz (D) also announced his candidacy last week, joining former state Democratic chairman Jake Metcalfe and 2006 nominee Diane Benson in their race for the Democratic nomination.

— Shira Toeplitz

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