Fairbanks has a new Democratic state House candidate. Today, the day after the primary election, Elizabeth Clark, or “Putt,” as she’s affectionately called, dropped out of the race. The new candidate, chosen by local Democrats is Adam Wool, a Fairbanks business owner. Wool owns and runs the popular Blue Loon, and with his brother, started Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream.
Wool will be running against Republican Rep. Pete Higgins, who is a dentist. Higgins is in the majority. However, he’s not a prodigious fundraiser. He’s only raised $4,083 this election cycle, and unlike many other incumbents, he didn’t bring with him a war-chest from last year. That said, he didn’t have much of a race before, and the dentists in this state are a powerful, tight group. If Higgins is in trouble, they’ll likely come to his support and bring their checkbooks. Too, Higgins makes anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million a year as a dentist and businessman, and he sold a business in 2013 for more than $1 million, according to financial disclosures.
Local Democrats are enthused about their chances in this race. Wool appears to be a good candidate. District 5 isn’t a ruby-red district. It includes Geist, Lakeview, Chena Ridge, University West, Shanly, and Richardson neighborhoods.
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