Maps: How the District Council’s map projects would change the political landscape of Alaska


The Alaska Redistricting Board recently passed two draft maps, as well as four third-party maps, to consider for new Alaska legislative districts. This happens every ten years according to the Alaska Constitution. The board is due to adopt a final map by November 10.

This article focuses on the two board card projects. The board has yet to include Senate pairings in their maps, so we’re only including House seats at this time. We’ve created an interactive map for the two board maps that shows House holders and potential challengers. You can see it here. (The card is optimized for computer use).

The district colors correspond to how the districts voted in the 2020 presidential election. If you click on a district, it will tell you the estimated percentage by which Biden or Trump won. You can switch between the two versions of the advice and include House holders and potential challengers who have filed Letters of Intent to date. We will add challengers as they are submitted.

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As is common, both versions pair incumbents and leave quarters open. The following shows the twin house holders and open districts for the two council cards:

The board initially adopted two maps called versions 1 and 2. These have been replaced by versions 3 and 4 and are now obsolete. This is why the two card versions are labeled 3 and 4.

Board Map Version 3

Twin holders:

  1. District 3: Representatives Sara Hannan (D – Juneau), Andi Story (D – Juneau)
  2. District 10: Representatives Laddie Shaw (R – Anchorage), James Kaufman (R – Anchorage)
  3. District 15: Representatives Chris Tuck (D – Anchorage), Sara Rasmussen (R – Anchorage)
  4. District 17: Representatives Zack Fields (D – Anchorage), Matt Claman (D – Anchorage), Harriet Drummond (D – Anchorage)
  5. District 20: Representatives Ivy Spohnholz (D – Anchorage), Liz Snyder (D – Anchorage)

Open places:

  1. District 4: South East (Skagway, Klukwan, Gustavas) [Biden +18.6%]
  2. District 9: Anchorage South, Girdwood, Whittier (Biden + 6.2%)
  3. District 14: Anchorage (Sand Lake, Jewel Lake, Northwood) [Biden +3.1%]
  4. District 16: Anchorage (Midtown) [Biden +21.5]
  5. District 18: Anchorage (Government Hill, Mountain View, JBER) [Biden +17.5%]
  6. District 21: Anchorage (Russian Jack, Nunaka Valley, Turpin) [Biden +8.3]

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Board Map Version 4

Twin holders:

  1. District 4: Representatives Sara Hannan (D – Juneau), Andi Story (D – Juneau)
  2. District 12: Representatives Matt Claman (D – Anchorage), Sara Rasmussen (R – Anchorage)
  3. District 14: Representatives Chris Tuck (D – Anchorage), Andy Josephson (D – Anchorage)
  4. District 20: Representatives Zack Fields (D – Anchorage), Harriet Drummond (D – Anchorage)
  5. District 22: Representatives Kelly Merrick (R – Eagle River), Ken McCarty (R – Eagle River)
  6. District 29: Representatives David Eastman (R – Wasilla), Christopher Kurka (R – Wasilla)

Open places:

  1. District 4: Juneau (Mendenhall Valley) [Biden +14.3]
  2. District 10: Anchorage (Bayshore / Klatt) [Trump +1.3]
  3. District 13: Anchorage (Midtown) [Biden +21.1%]
  4. District 21: Anchorage (Government Hill, Mountain View, JBER) [Biden +4.7%]
  5. District 24: Eagle River (Eagle River Loop, Hiland Road) [Trump +21.1%]
  6. District 26: Mat-Su (Bogard) [Trump +47.5]

Here’s a breakdown of the partisan balance for the two maps. This is based on the 2016 presidential election, the 2018 governor election, and the 2020 presidential election. District competitiveness is a composite measure of the three races.

The board will hold a series of statewide meetings to seek public comment on all draft maps. You can consult the list of places and dates here.

Robert Hockema is a campaigner and political organizer in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from the UAA’s political science program in 2019 and has worked for candidates up and down the ballot and across the political aisle. Robert likes the history of Alaska and the geo-mapping of elections on Twitter.

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