Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Chris Dimond, an independent candidate for House District 33 which includes downtown Juneau, Douglas and Northern Lynn Canal communities, explained on Action Line Mondaywhy he threw his hat into the ring.
"I see some things that I think are not being addressed properly in this state so far as people working together for the benefit of Alaskans in Alaska," he said. "I see a lot of one sided points of view that people aren't listening to one another and I think its time to move past that."
Dimond said that is what spurred his decision to run as an independent. He said he's been registered undeclared for about ten years. "I've just seen too much partisanship from the parties. I think parties serve a purpose, but it seems more and more lately, not only in this state, but in the country that the parties are dividing people and not fulfilling their purpose. It seems like these elections are more about representing a party rather than to get people in there to represent the people."
Dimond's name won't appear on a ballot until the general election in November.
He'll face whoever emerges from the Democratic Primary August 21st. Those candidates include Steve Handy and Sara Hannan of Juneau and James Hart and Tom Morphet of Haines.
No one filed in the Republican Primary for the seat.