The deadline for filing to run for state and national office came and went Saturday as last-minute filers made real contests out of some races.
In House District 35, which includes Homer and the entire Kachemak Bay area and Anchor Point, incumbent Republican Drew Scalzi will be opposed by Republican Peter Roberts of East End Road, Homer and Paul Seaton of Kachemak City, who also filed as a Republican.
In House District 34, which includes the area from the north side of the North Fork of the Anchor River and north through Ninilchik and beyond, incumbent Republican Charles "Mike" Chenault will be opposed by James Price, running as a Republican Moderate. Both are from Nikiski.
In Senate District R, which includes Homer and the Kachemak Bay region, only incumbent Sen. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak filed to run.
In Senate District Q, which includes House districts 33 and 34, incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, filed for re-election. Also filing as candidates were Patrick Hawkins of Soldotna, a Democrat; Kurt L. Melvin, a Democrat, no address available; Thomas M. Stroman of Kenai, a Green Party candidate; Thomas H. Wagoner, a Kenai Republican Moderate; Joe Arness, Kenai, a Republican; and Raymone P. VinZant Sr., a Soldotna Republican.
Peter Roberts, who lives at Mile 5.5 of East End Road in Homer, has filed to run as a Republican in the House District 35 race. He will face incumbent Rep. Drew Scalzi and Paul Seaton in the Republican primary. Roberts has lived in the Homer area for about 30 years. He is a house designer and owns a firm called Coyote Creek Design. He was a homesteader and rancher in the Kachemak Bay area for about 20 years. He is the president of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau. Roberts was a founder of Citizens Concerned About Annexation, an organization that opposed Homer's recent annexation.
Paul Seaton of Kachemak City also has filed as a Republican. Seaton is a commercial fishermen in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. Seaton and his wife, Tina, have two grown children. He owns KNS Marine in Homer. He is a member of several organizations, including the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the United Fishermen of Alaska.
Rep. Drew Scalzi, the Republican incumbent is a Homer-area resident and commercial fisherman. He has lived on Diamond Ridge since May 1978. Scalzi has served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Road Service Area Board, served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly from 1992 to 2000 when he was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives.
James Price has lived in Nikiski for 14 years. He is running as a Republican Moderate. Price is an oil field worker, an instrumentation technician and a pipe fitter. Price recently chaired a group called Peninsula Citizens Against Private Prisons and now is heading a petition drive to ban the collection of sales tax on nonprepared food items.