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Alaska Senate president faces Republican primary challenge

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel speaks with Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich on the Senate floor on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. The House adjourned Tuesday after passing a bill ratifying plans for federal coronavirus relief aid but the Senate remained in session. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel speaks with Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich on the Senate floor on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. The House adjourned Tuesday after passing a bill ratifying plans for federal coronavirus relief aid but the Senate remained in session. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)(Becky Bohrer | AP)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 6:15 AM AKDT
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(AP) - Alaska’s state Senate President will be challenged for her Anchorage seat in the upcoming state Republican primary.

Alaska Public Media reports that Cathy Giessel will face challenger Roger Holland in the Aug. 18 primary election. Holland criticizes Giessel’s leadership of the Senate.

She says her approach reflects the importance of compromise in governing. Giessel is a lifelong Alaska resident who has served in the Senate for 10 years, with two years as president. Holland has lived in Alaska for 11 years and says Giessel has lost touch with her role as a Republican senator in a Republican state.

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