PRESS RELEASE: Alaskans for Better Elections Announces Campaign Team
ANCHORAGE (May 11, 2020) – The Alaskans for Better Elections committee is excited to announce their fully Alaskan campaign team. Stacey Lucason, Matthew Farina, and Jackson Blackwell have joined the team dedicated to strengthening the voice, choice, and integrity in our elections system.
Stacey Lucason, a lifelong Alaskan, will serve as Deputy Campaign Manager for the campaign. Stacey has extensive experience working in Alaskan communities and with the University of Alaska, where she currently teaches a course on Alaska Native studies at UAA. “We never should have allowed elections to become about the lesser of two evils, and I’m proud to be working with this initiative to correct that and move our elections away from dark money and outside influence and back into the hands of Alaskans.”
Matthew Farina, veteran and lifelong Alaskan, will act as Data Director. Matt also works as a Project Engineer and earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. “I’m glad I can use my education and experience to help make elections better for all Alaskans.”
Jackson Blackwell, another lifelong Alaskan, will serve as Operations Director. Jackson, a 2020 Truman Scholar, previously worked for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s 2016 campaign, the Stand for Alaska ballot measure, and in different capacities both in Washington, D.C., and here in Alaska. “As a young Alaskan, I’m excited to be supporting this measure and helping move Alaska towards a future of fair and transparent elections.”
“As advocates for fair and transparent elections, it’s important to have an experienced and dedicated team of Alaskans moving forward,” Campaign Manager Shea Siegert said. “Building better elections and a better Alaska starts with a great team, and I’m proud of our team and excited for the work to come.”
The Better Elections Initiative would put an end to secret “dark money”—much of which comes from outside Alaska—that anonymous, big-money spenders use to influence our elections. It would also open Alaska’s primary elections to all Alaskans again regardless of political party, and ensure majority winner elections. The measure also gives voters the option to rank candidates in general elections, or, if they choose, voters can vote for just one candidate as they do now.