Independent Candidate Alyse Galvin Will Take on the Longest-Sitting U.S. Representative in Alaska's Midterm Election

 Christianna Silva — AUGUST 22, 2018

Alyse Galvin won the Democratic primary in Alaska as an independent — and now she threatens to unseat the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, as reported by The Seattle TImes.

Galvin is an independent who ran in the Democratic primary, beating out Democrats Dimitri Shein and Carol Hafner (who has never even been to Alaska) and independent Christopher Cumings in her Tuesday, August 22, primary.

She’ll be running as an undeclared candidate nominated by the Democratic Party thanks to Alaska’s unique campaign rules and facing off against Republican Don Young in November. Young has held Alaska’s only U.S. House of Representatives seat since 1973 — 45 years in total. As The Washington Post documented earlier this year, he has a long history of making incendiary remarks.

Galvin, a trained opera singer, is a relative political newcomer, but her independent affiliation could help her win over unsure voters, according to FiveThirtyEight.

She’s also a known name at the Alaska State Legislature for advocating for better funding for schools, according to the Associated Press. Her way of campaigning was wildly unique, driving around all of Alaska in a two-decade-old RV to hold town halls on the go, complete with homemade hot chocolate and cookies, according to the Huffington Post.

According to Alaska Public Media, she has raised more than her opponent with $600,000, and could slip past Young in November. She’s socially progressive, but her independent status is expected to bring in more conservative voters. That could be a valuable asset, as more than half of registered voters in Alaska are undeclared or nonpartisan, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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