Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Tom Morphet of Haines is seeking the Democratic nomination for House District 33 which includes downtown Juneau, Douglas and Northern Lynn Canal Communities which includes his hometown.
If elected to the seat, Morphet would be the first non-Juneau resident to ever represent a part of Juneau in the Legislature since statehood.
He was asked on Action Line Thursday how he would reassure Juneau residents that he would have their best interests at heart. "I think these towns, despite size are very similar. We have government jobs, we have fishing jobs, we have tourism jobs, we have some mining jobs. We have about 30 miners who work at Kensington or Greens Creek or live in Haines. So I think I understand the economies of the towns in Lynn Canal.
Morphet pointed out that he lived in Juneau with his wife from 2000 to 2004. "We have friends here. If you live in Haines, Juneau is where you pass through all the time. I don't think it would be any big shift to also represent Juneau."
Morphet was spurred to run were budget cuts that he believes has hurt Haines. One such cut was to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program with which he has been involved for ten years.
He serves on the Haines Borough Assembly and was the long time owner of the local newspaper, the Chilkat Valley News, until he sold it last year.
Morphet will face three other candidates in the Democratic Primary. The are Sara Hannan, Steven Handy, and James Hart. Chris Dimond is running as an independent. His name will appear on November's General Election ballot.