Alyse Galvin

Former U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin of Anchorage has filed to run once more against incumbent Republican Rep. Don Young in the 2020 elections. 

Galvin is an independent who ran in the Democratic primary in the 2018 election. Had she won in 2018, Galvin said she would have caucused with Democrats.

Galvin lost to Young in 2018 by a margin of 18,580 votes, or 7 percentage points, 53.08% to 46.5%.

Young’s victory brought him his 24th term as U.S. representative. 

But Galvin said her last race showed her a lot about the possibilities. In a video introducing her bid for election, Galvin reflected on some of the difficulties she overcame in her childhood, noting the need for greater attention to those topics on a national level.

“My challenges are not unique in Alaska,” she said. “Abuse happens in far too many homes. So many of us worry if we’ll be able to keep our jobs, and we all know someone impacted by addiction. We need an energetic advocate in Washington ready to do something about it.” 

Some of the issues integral to Galvin’s campaign include increased funding and attention to public education, job growth with an emphasis on wage equity and health care reform.

“There’s too much on the line not to get it done this time,” she said in the video. “These are old problems. It’s time that we prioritize finding solutions to them over the needs of corporate donors.”

Galvin’s campaign ran on a message of no corporate support, gaining much of her fundraising from individual donors and grassroots efforts, an approach she plans to continue this election season.

Galvin plans to launch a tour around the state in the fall.

Young issued a statement Tuesday in response to Galvin’s filing. 

“Like I always have, I welcome all challengers and look forward to a spirited campaign as we debate the issues important to Alaskans,” Young said. “For 24 terms, Alaskans have trusted me to secure important wins on their behalf, and my motivation to serve is the same as it was when I first ran for Congress.”

Contact staff writer Erin McGroarty at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.