Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Steve Handy of Juneau talked about his candidacy for the House District 33 seat that covers downtown Juneau, Douglas, and Northern Lynn Canal communities while a guest on Action Line Friday.
He explained what spurred him to throw his hat in the ring. "I was becoming increasingly concerned over the years with public policy making decisions."
As a result, he left his previous, three decade long career in telecommunications and went back to school to study law and governance. He recently finished his first year of law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.
When he learned that Sam Kito was not going to seek re-election to the seat, Handy said he decided this was his time.
Kito, in part, decided not to run, after the Legislature failed to overturn the salary commission's decision to bar per diem pay for Juneau based lawmakers. Handy said he agreed with the commission decision and added that as a contractor he was never paid per diem when he worked in his home town.
Handy faces three competitors for the Democratic nomination during the August 21 Primary Election. They are Sara Hannan, Tom Morphet and James Hart. Chris Dimond is running as an independent. His name will appear on November's General Election ballot.