Two more Republicans have filed to run for the Alaska State House today. Stephen Duplantis filed to run for House District 24. He will run against Representative Chuck Kopp in the Republican primary. Kopp was elected to the house in 2016. Duplantis is a pastor and has lived in Alaska for eleven years. He is described as a constitutional conservative.
Marcus Sanders filed to run for House District 17. The incumbent is Representative Andy Josephson (D – Anchorage). Josephson was elected to the house in 2012. Sanders is a lifelong resident of his district. He is also a pastor.
Both candidates are represented by the newly formed political consulting firm, Pinnacle Group Alaska, founded by Rick Whitbeck and Zach Freeman. They are focused on conservative candidates and causes. In addition to Duplantis and Sanders, they also represent state house candidates Joe Riggs and Connie Dougherty. Riggs is running for the house seat currently held by Representative Chris Birch (R – Anchorage), who is now running for the state senate seat held by Senator Kevin Meyer (R – Anchorage), who is now running for lieutenant governor (Damn South Anchorage, take it easy with the musical chairs). Riggs currently faces Albert Fogle in the Republican primary. Dougherty is running for the house seat currently occupied by Representative Chris Tuck (D – Anchorage). She currently faces Forrest McDonald in the Republican primary.
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