WHEREAS, Don Young was first duly elected to the office of United States Representative for the State of Alaska on March 6, 1973; and
WHEREAS, on November 3, 2020, Don Young was re-elected to serve a 25th term as the State of Alaska’s only representative to the United States House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, Don Young died on March 18, 2022; and
WHEREAS, under the provisions of the Alaska Election Code, death of the incumbent establishes a vacancy in the office of the United States Representative; and
WHEREAS, under Article I, Section 2, Clause 4, of the U.S. Constitution, vacancies in the United States House of Representatives must be filled by an election; and
WHEREAS, under the provisions of AS 15.40.140 – 15.40.160, when a vacancy occurs in the office of United States Representative, the governor is required to call an election not less than 60 nor more than 90 days after the date of vacancy, and the call is to be made at least 50 days prior to the date set for election.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, declare that a vacancy exists in the office of United States Representative and do hereby proclaim as follows:
- A special primary election shall be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
- A special election shall be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, for the purpose of filling the vacancy in the office of United States Representative.
- All other deadlines and requirements not provided for in this proclamation shall be determined by the Division of Elections in accordance with the laws of this State.
Dated this 23rd day of March, 2022.