Republican Munoz and Democrat Parish talk race for house seat

    Republican Incumbent Cathy Munoz will face off against Democrat Justin Parish in November's General Election. They are unopposed in Tuesday's Primary Election for their party's nomination.

    The only contested State House race in Juneau this year will come in the Mendenhall Valley District 34 contest.

    Republican Incumbent Cathy Munoz will face off against Democrat Justin Parish in November's General Election.   They are unopposed in Tuesday's Primary Election for their party's nomination.

    Munoz talked about her campaign while on Action Line last week:

    "I'm working really hard on getting out and talking to people and attending events. It's always helpful to the community when you're in a contested race because it allows a fuller discussion of issues. I admire anyone who is willing to throw their hat in the ring. It's a lot of work. It can be stressful, and I have had an opportunity to meet my opponent Justin. I look forward tothe events before the November election."

    Parish was also a guest on Action Line during a separate program last week.  He was asked how he gauges his chances come November:

    "Well, the people with whom I've spoken in the community, as I've gone door to door and as I've talked to people in daily life, have been very positive. There are few people who are devoted party line republicans, but even a lot of regular republican votes are so frustrated with the ineptitude of the legislature, and to be frank, Cathy Munoz's failure to lead and effectively advocate. I think we'll see some major changes in leadership."

    Munoz was asked  what concerns she might have about voter backlash to legislative gridlock on coming up with a fiscal plan:

    "Like many Alaskans, I'm also very frustrated. I think we need to act. We need to act now and we need to address Alaska's fiscal situation. I'm willing to do that. I've consistently been willing to do that and I've continually voiced support for the governor's plan and moving forward. I can say that when the legislature reconvenes, I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion, which is really what I've always done and I think it's very critical to getting the job done."

    Parish was asked about the lack of a fiscal plan:

    "We're in so much trouble as a state. More than 70% of our spending is coming straight out of our savings. If you believe the people who set up the permanent fund dividend, those savings, sooner or later, are meant to be for future Alaskans who won't have a direct share in oil revenues. The crisis is very real. We're already cutting services. In this town particularly, we're cutting jobs and the majority is cutting more. I think there's a great deal of frustration. I want to say we've had four credit rating downgrades this year and two fiscally responsible leaders let that happen on their watch? I don't think so. It's been a profound failure and I think the people of Alaska know that."

    Sam Kito is unopposed for re-election to the District 33 House seat which includes downtown Juneau, Douglas and northern Southeast Alaska areas.

    Juneau Senator Dennis Egan is not up for re-election this year.

    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the state Tuesday.

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