In Race For House District 37, Edgmon And Weatherby Campaign On Different Approaches To Budget Gap

Nov 5, 2018

Bryce Edgmon (left) is a Democrat from Dillingham. William Weatherby (right) is a Republican from King Salmon.
Credit SKIP GRAY/GAVEL ALASKA AND WILLIAM WEATHERBY

When southwest Alaska voters head to the polls Tuesday, they'll decide who represents them in the state House for the next two years.

Bryce Edgmon has represented District 37 — including the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands — for more than a decade.

Now running for his sixth term, the Dillingham Democrat told KUCB he wants to balance Alaska's budget without cutting existing programs — even if that means changes to Permanent Fund dividends or a broad-based tax.

William Weatherby is trying to unseat Edgmon and earn his first elected office.

The King Salmon Republican is in favor of a full PFD and against an income tax. He told KUCB the Legislature should work with state departments to cut spending, though he declined to name specific services he'd consider for the chopping block.

Weatherby lost to Edgmon in the 2016 election, but he took 40 percent of the vote.

Below are both candidates' short interviews with KUCB's Laura Kraegel.

Meanwhile, Lyman Hoffman is running unopposed for another four-year term at Senate District S. Hoffman is a Bethel Democrat who has served in the state Senate for 25 years.