Recall of Lindsey Holmes rejected. Will it still hurt?

A group of political activists, who spent a better part of a year collecting signatures while braving the harsh elements of an Alaska winter, were disappointed with the state’s decision to reject their petition to recall Alaska state Rep. Lindsey Holmes.

According to the Division of Elections, the group gathered enough signatures and the application was filed in time for a recall; however, the Department of Law ruled that Holmes’ decision to switch party affiliations from Democrat to Republican doesn’t amount to a “lack of fitness” for the job. Consequently, the recall petition was formally rejected. The repeal group has the option of appealing the decision.

To most political observers, the decision to reject the recall petition came as little or no surprise. Switching parties never appeared to be an offense meeting the legal muster of requirements for a recall.

The practical issue will be what effect, if any, the signature collection, sign waving, yard signs and negative news publicity about Holmes switching parties immediately after the 2012 election will have on her in this election cycle.

Holmes’ district is a relatively politically moderate one. The senator representing her district is Democrat Hollis French and it was one of the few areas in the state where President Obama did well.

Holmes has been laying low lately. Her Facebook page indicates that she’s been traveling and vacationing recently. Last month, during a heated debate in Anchorage over Mayor Dan Sullivan’s controversial tennis court proposal, she sent a text to an Anchorage Daily News reporter that she was unavailable for comment. Holmes might have information that would shed light on the controversy.

Meantime, her opponents were busy organizing their campaigns, holding fundraisers and going door-to-door. One of those candidates, former Anchorage assemblyman and acting mayor, Matt Claman, has already begun leaving campaign materials at doors.

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5 thoughts on “Recall of Lindsey Holmes rejected. Will it still hurt?

  1. Pooky

    Lost interest in her community is an understatement. I too live in her district, and I too have voted for her every time.

    There hasn’t been a peep out of her since the House adjourned last spring, no newsletter, no constituent meetings, no updates of any kind whatsoever.

    I for one do care what party she represents, and I for one will never vote for this woman again, she is not to be trusted.

  2. Kidwell

    Holmes’ westside district could go either way. This race will be close and worth watching. All the candidates are good people in this race

  3. Clare Ross

    Hello Friends–I too am running for that seat. I declared in May and have already canvassed half the district in person and my volunteers dropped off brochures at the other half. I plan to go door-to-door three times before the election. My website is if you’d like to learn more about me. Thanks! -Clare

  4. Joan

    I live in Lindsey’s neighborhood and voted for her every time she has run for office. I think she has been a good legislator. I could care less what political party she does or doesn’t belong. I am disappointed with her lately however. She seems to have lost interest in her community and her job. I know we all have distractions from time to time and I hope Lindsey gets focused, back to work and starts doing the good job she has always done for west Anchorage.

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