AK Readies Special Election To Replace Late GOP Rep

The Anchorage Press reports:

According to a source close to Dr. Al Gross, the orthopedic surgeon from Southeast Alaska, who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Dan Sullivan in the 2020 U.S. Senate race, plans to enter the 2022 race for Alaska’s at-large House of Representatives seat now vacant with the passing of Don Young [photo] on Friday.

Gross, who ran as an Independent in 2020, would be joining a field that includes Democrat and current Anchorage Assembly member Chris Constant and Republican Nick Begich, the grandson of Nick Begich, who was the last Alaska Congressman before Young.

According to Alaska law a special election must be held within the next three months. State law contains no provisions for the position to be temporarily filled by appointment.

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