Anchorage Assembly member Jamie Allard filed a letter of intent today with the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC). In the letter, she did not indicate an office, meaning that she can raise funds to run for the House, Senate, or governor. Allard’s home is located in an open House district in the map the Alaska Redistricting Board approved on Friday. There has been speculation that Allard would run for the House next year.
Senator Lora Reinbold (R – Eagle River), who also lives in the new House district Allard is in, occupies one of ten Senate seats that will require an election next year (senators who were elected in 2018 are automatically up for reelection due to redistricting). Because Allard did not specify which office she intends to run for, this means she could conceivably be planning to run for the open House seat, Reinbold’s Senate seat, or even against Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska).
The Redistricting Board meets tomorrow morning to determine Senate pairings. The other ten Senate seats that were up in 2020 may be up next year, depending on how much the districts change.
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Allard ran for State House in 2018 for the empty seat Reinbold left when she decided to run for Senate. Reinbold endorsed Allard as her replacement. Allard was defeated by now-Representative Kelly Merrick (R – Eagle River) in the Republican primary.
Allard was elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 2020. Since taking office, Allard has repeatedly been involved in controversies, defending Nazi themed license plates, fabricating her own Facebook deplatforming, and threating Providence Hospital with legal action for refusing to prescribe Ivermectin to a patient.
A call to Allard for comment went straight to voicemail. Get ready for things to get very loose in Eagle River.