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Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009 12:25 pm

Rep. Scott Kawasaki may try for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor,  while Democrat John Brown has opted to compete again for the state House seat held by Rep. Jay Ramras, who is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Political reporter Rena Delbridge of the online newspaper Alaska Dispatch includes these local items in her review of the legislative contests coming up in 2010.

She notes that broadcaster Bob Miller, a Democrat, has filed a letter of intent and is expected to challenge Republican Rep. Mike Kelly. Kawasaki says he will decide if he will run for re-election or the lite gov's job before the next session starts.

When Sen. Gene Therriault resigned to take a job with the Parnell administration, Rep. John Coghill moved over to the Senate and Tammie Wilson was named to fill Coghill's place in the House, both actions by appointment of the governor. They are expected to run next year.

Sen. Joe Thomas and Rep. David Guttenberg have registered to run again, while Kelly filed a letter saying he intends to run and Tim Wert has filed a letter of intent in District 9 for the seat now held by Kawasaki.






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