All candidates running for the Alaska Legislature were required to submit campaign disclosure reports by Monday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The reports document incoming contributions and expenditures for the campaigns.
Sen. Gary Stevens raised less than $1,500 and Rep. Alan Austerman raised less than $700, according to the APOC reports.
In comparison, some senators and representatives running for a seat in Fairbanks raised upwards of $20,000 for their campaigns.
Stevens submitted his report a day late, but wasn’t penalized for it.
Stevens started off the year with $16,864.25 on hand. His campaign income was $1,450, and expenditures were $2,513.09. His remaining cash on hand is $15,801.16. The income was from donations by supporters.
Stevens has been raising campaign funds to use for traveling and advertising purposes. Now that the districts have changed, Stevens said he has to spend more time traveling to campaign.
“It’s a very difficult district because it’s a whole new second half of the senate seat,” Stevens said. “I’ve lost Homer and Seward and I’m campaigning west of Kodiak.”
Stevens faces against Robert Henrichs, a Democratic challenger from Cordova, in the general election. Henrichs had not submitted his campaign disclosure report as of Tuesday afternoon.
Rep. Alan Austerman, who is running unopposed, submitted his campaign disclosure report on time but didn’t have much to report. He received $650 during the reporting period, despite not actively soliciting funds.
Austerman started the year with $8,134.84. His income was $650.33, and expenditures were $1,610.53. His remaining cash on hand is $7,174.64.
“I’m not soliciting funds at all,” Austerman said. “There may be a fundraiser or two, but it’s nothing that I’m actively pursuing.”
Instead, Austerman is focusing his energy on meeting people in the new district, and hearing their concerns. He has already visited Cordova and will travel to Whittier next week.
“I’ll be traveling to new areas to let people know who I am,” he said. “It’s a double-edged sword. Without an opponent and without debates it makes it a little harder, but I am available and anyone can contact me.”