Democratic candidate Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska’s lone House seat on August 31. As governor, she defeated Sarah Palin, a Republican who had hoped to make a comeback to politics.
Peltola won the election when ranked-choice ballots were counted, according to preliminary results released by the Alaska Division of Elections. She will now finish out the term of Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young, who served for nearly 50 years before his untimely death in March 2022.
Mary Peltola reportedly won by a razor-thin margin, with 91,206 votes to Palin’s 85,987, as reported by NPR.
With her victory, Peltola made history by becoming the first person born and raised in Alaska to serve in the U.S. Congress. She is also the first Democrat to represent Alaska in the House of Representatives since the passing of U.S. Representative Nick Begich in 1972, who was succeeded by Don Young in 1973.
Who Is Mary Peltola?
Mary Peltola, a 48-year-old Yup’ik lady, was born and raised in Anchorage. Both the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Alaska can claim her as an alumna. She was born on August 31, 1973. The good news came to her on her birthday.
After leaving state politics, she worked as the manager of community development and sustainability at Donlin Gold and then founded a lobbying firm named Sattler Strategies.
From 2011 to 2013, she served as a councilwoman in Bethel, Alaska, and as the interim executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. She was a representative for the state of Alaska in the legislature from 1999 to 2009.
Mary Peltola, in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News, said that Congress must take action to protect abortion rights and institutionalize Roe v. Wade. She went into greater detail on how to make America safer from gun violence, mentioning things like:
Protecting the rights provided by the Second Amendment can be accomplished through measures like “secure storage rules,” “reasonable waiting periods,” and “universal background checks.”
In the race for Alaska’s congressional seat, Mary Peltola faced off against Sarah Palin, Nick Begich III, and Al Gross. Gross, however, dropped out of the contest in the middle of the process, throwing significant support from the Democratic Party behind Peltola.
On August 31, it was announced that Mary Peltola had won the extraordinary election that had been held on August 16.
Who Is Mary Peltola’s Husband?
Mary Peltola’s first marriage was to pilot Jonathan Kapsner, but they ended up getting a divorce. After that, she got married to lawyer Joe G. Nelson, but their marriage didn’t last long either, and she ended up getting a second divorce. After that, he married Gene Peltola, who worked for the Alaska Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mary is currently married to Gene Peltola. Gene Peltola is the head of the Alaska Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They are residents of Bethel.
Mary has four children. two with her first husband, pilot Jonathan Kapsner, and two with her second husband, lawyer Joe G. Nelson.
Mary Peltola’s Net Worth is approx. $1 to $2 million.