A congressional candidate on Alaska’s Democratic primary ballot has reportedly never visited the state.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Carol Hafner, who is running to challenge Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHillicon Valley: Apple, Google launch virus tracing system | Republican says panel should no longer use Zoom | Lawmakers introduce bill to expand telehealth House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to expand telehealth services Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (R) for Alaska’s at-large House seat, neither lives in nor has traveled to the state. Hafner listed New Jersey and South Dakota as her addresses in her candidate filing and says she has no plans to campaign in person.
The Constitution states that in order to serve in Congress one must meet age and citizenship requirements and inhabit the state at the time of one’s election.
Congressional candidates almost always live in the state they seek to represent, but the AP notes that a New York resident challenged former Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world MORE (D) in Alaska’s primary in 2014. Begich kept the party’s nomination but went on to lose the general election.
Hafner told the AP that she wanted to run because she felt compelled to share her perspective on the environment. She also said that she was stunned that Young, the current dean of the House, has been in office for more than 40 years.
“I want to do good in a place that I feel a kinship for,” Hafner said.
“Don’t lock me out just because I’m not a homeboy,” she said. “You ought to be thankful that I care enough and I’m interested enough and passionate enough to want to make things better. I’m certainly permitted to do what I have done.”
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It is unlikely that Hafner will win the Aug. 21 primary against more high-profile candidates in the state, Democrat Dimitri Shein and independent Alyse Galvin.