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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:03 PM

Daily Kos: Lead Grows for Young Challenger in Alaska Legislative Upset

With today's absentee ballots counted, the young Democrat from Sitka, age 23, who cut his political teeth a few years back working for Howard Dean's campaign, is now up by 28 votes over established Republican incumbent and co-chair of Alaska Legislative House Finance Committee and aspiring Speaker of the House, Rep. Bill Thomas.

Yes this is a big deal in this newly created Southeast Alaska district that was actually gerry-mandered to the extent possible for the Republican incumbent's benefit.

How did Jonathon do it in a district of multiple communities, most on islands separated by large bodies of water in Alaska's Inside Passage? And in a year when the Alaska legislature went from a 10-10 bi-partisan Senate to a 13-7, Republican dominated Senate?

First of all, he has youth, brains (attended Yale), passion, vision, policy ideas, physical strength (mountain climber), talent (cellist) and most importantly strength of character.
He's also a bit of a community organizer.

Secondly, in a few short months since he announced his candidacy, he knocked on most doors in all the SE communities in his district, listened, and apparently made an excellent impression one person, one vote at a time.



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1163147/-AK-34-Lead-Grows-for-Young-Challenger-Jonathon-Kreiss-Tomkins-in-Major-Alaska-Legislative-Upset

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Reply Daily Kos: Lead Grows for Young Challenger in Alaska Legislative Upset (Original post)
RandySF Nov 2012 OP
mopinko Nov 2012 #1
Cha Nov 2012 #2
freshwest Nov 2012 #4
blm Nov 2012 #6
jonthebru Nov 2012 #3
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #5
blm Nov 2012 #8
JanT Nov 2012 #10
roguevalley Nov 2012 #13
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #14
roguevalley Nov 2012 #15
Bandit Nov 2012 #7
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #9
grantcart Nov 2012 #11
WillyT Nov 2012 #12
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #16

Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:07 PM

1. elections are won at the front door.

thank you doctor dean. the ripples of the 50 state strategy continue.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:16 PM

2. Thanks for this, RandySF!

Interesting.. hoping Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins WINS!

Repubs have to Watch Out for those Community Organizers.

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:27 PM

4. +1,000 to what you said.

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:30 PM

6. Ya got that right, Cha!!!

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:20 PM

3. With roughly 9000 votes cast there is a

28 vote difference.

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Response to jonthebru (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:20 PM

5. This is actually a pretty wide spread for Alaska.

We've had elections won by coin toss before.

We are quite excited by Jonathan, though. In a very bad election year in Alaska, a victory against Bill Thomas would be something to celebrate.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:31 PM

8. We'll celebrate with you, Blue. ; )

!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:33 PM

10. good thoughts sent your way from blue wash nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:53 PM

13. bravo. i almost thought they were talking about don :D

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:10 PM

14. Oh, you know, old Don will die in office.

I am happy to see this new blood in the Alaska Democratic Party, though, even if it's just a state office. We have to figure out some way to turn the legislature back around in 2014. This year's election was pretty depressing, but hopefully, further litigation will overturn the gerrymandering.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:33 AM

15. agreed. I remember when we were blue, blue. :D

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Response to jonthebru (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:31 PM

7. They were tied this morning, but 60 absentee ballots needed to be counted.

It sounds like they ahve been counted and this might be the final number, except for a probable recount....

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:11 PM

11. I simply cannot express how great this little story makes me feel.


When it seems like the younger generation is willing to let this country be taken while they sit glued to the sofa playing computer games you find someone like Jonathan. Mountain climber cellist who attended Yale and went island to island listening to people.

I love it.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:14 PM

12. K & R !!!


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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:57 PM

16. JONATHAN WON!!

He beat the incumbent republican by 32 votes. Never let anyone tell you that your vote doesn't count.

My state senator, democrat Hollis French, won by 54 votes.

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