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Wilson leads in GOP primary fundraising

Representative Peggy Wilson has a slight fundraising advantage over her two Republican rivals for the Southeast House District 33 seat.

The Wrangell Republican raised about $8,400 during the latest reporting period. Patti Mackey of Ketchikan raised nearly $8,000, and Ketchikan’s Agnes Moran raised about $6,000.

According to Alaska Public Offices Commission filing documents, Wilson’s total contributions are about $10,500. Her campaign donors include 16 individuals in Anchorage, 16 in Wrangell, two in Wasilla, and one each in Thorne Bay, Palmer, Fairbanks, Kasilof (Kas-EE-lof), Eagle River and North Carolina.

Mackey’s total campaign income is about $13,000. Her donors include 16 individuals in Anchorage, nine each in Ketchikan and Juneau, two each in Oregon, Fairbanks, Thorne Bay and Girdwood, and one each in Eagle River, Kodiak and Palmer.

Moran’s total for the campaign is about $6,500. Her 27 donors all live in Ketchikan.

Wilson is the incumbent from the former House District 2. Recent state redistricting put Wrangell and Ketchikan together.

The three GOP primary candidates will attend an Aug. 8th forum at the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. They also will participate in a KRBD live call-in show starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 9th.

Incumbent Ketchikan Representative Kyle Johansen withdrew from the Republican primary. He announced Monday on his “re-elect Kyle Johansen” Facebook page that he would begin gathering the 50 signatures needed to get his name on the general election ballot.

Johansen says he will run as an “independent Republican.”

The sole Democrat running for that seat on the Aug. 28th primary ballot is Ketchikan’s Matt Olsen.

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