Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom announces run for Alaska’s US House seat

Morning FastCast Nov. 14, 2023
Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 12:32 PM AKST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2023 at 9:33 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom on Tuesday announced she will run for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat in 2024.

Dahlstrom joins fellow Republican Nick Begich III in the running for the seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola.

“Alaska needs a proven tough fighter to stop the assault on Alaska from Joe Biden and Washington D.C. liberals,” Dahlstrom said in a statement announcing her campaign. “Raising my four kids and working my way up in the private sector before giving back to serve Alaskans, I have seen how D.C. politicians betray Alaskans every day. In Congress, I will stop Biden and the extreme liberals ruining our future, bankrupting our families, killing our jobs, harming our military and veterans, and threatening our security.”

Dahlstrom has served as lieutenant governor since Dec. 5, 2022. She previously served as a state House representative from 2003 to 2010 and as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections from 2018 to 2022.

Begich announced his intention to run in July.

Peltola’s campaign manager, Elisa Rios, released a statement saying in part, “There is nearly a year to go and a lot of work ahead of us - but it’s a real honor to have this opportunity to fight for Alaska in D.C. Mary and the Lieutenant Governor spoke earlier today and Mary welcomed her to the race. She looks forward to discussing the issues with her this next year.”

Rios also said Peltola is focused on proving to Alaskans that she is the right person to represent them in Washington.

Begich released a statement saying, “Our team is 100% focused on continuing to build our statewide effort to defeat Mary Peltola and restore commonsense, fiscally responsible representation on behalf of Alaska.”