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Alaska State House candidate forum: Districts 7 and 8

House forum
Ashlyn O'Hara
The Peninsula Clarion
From left, Alaska State House candidates Ron Gillham, Ben Carpenter and Justin Ruffridge participate in a candidate forum on Monday, Oct. 10.

We're back this week with the sixth forum in our live candidate forum series.

We spoke Monday with three local candidates for Alaska State House. Incumbent Rep. Ron Gillham and candidate Justin Ruffridge, both Soldotna Republicans, are running for District 7, representing Kenai and Soldotna. Republican Rep. Ben Carpenter, of Nikiski, is running to keep his seat representing the northern Kenai Peninsula for District 8. (Note that the districts have changed since the last election, due to redistricting after the 2020 Census.)

This was the latest in our candidate forum series in partnership with The Peninsula Clarion, with support from the Soldotna Public Library and the Central Peninsula League of Women Voters. Next week, we're talking to the candidates for Alaska Senate Seat D.

For a full forum schedule, click here. Find sample ballots and important dates for the Nov. 8 election here.

Sabine Poux is a producer and reporter for the Brave Little State podcast of Vermont Public. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.<br/><br/>Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont and Kenai.