Democratic challenger Scott Kawasaki has ousted Republican Rep. Jim Holm from the House District 9 seat.
“We are definitely happy with where we are right now,” Kawasaki said Tuesday night as the numbers began to lean in his favor. “It’s a Republican district, so it’ll be a coup.”
Kawasaki served on the Fairbanks City Council from 1999 to 2005. At the age of 24, he was the youngest person ever to hold a seat on the council. Term limits forced him to give up his seat after being re-elected in 2002.
Brian Smart, a 21-year-old student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said he voted for Kawasaki because of the Democrat’s six years of service on the council.
“It takes a person who really cares about his community to go into the City Council,” Smart said.
Eric Adamson, 44, also said he liked Kawasaki’s service on the council.
“I think he did some good things here,” Adamson, a pipe fitter, said. “I think he’s really out to do good for Fairbanks. Plus, he’s young blood.”
James Becwar said he liked the fact that Kawasaki is only 31 years old.
“I think he will better represent people my own age,” the 24-year-old UAF student said.
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