Years ago in Homer

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Rep. Gail Phillips was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, defeating Democratic challenger Joni Whitmore in a close election that saw Whitmore do well south of Anchor Point, but lose by a wide margin in the northern precincts. U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young were also re-elected by huge margins. The majority of Homer, as well as statewide, voters chose Bob Dole over Pres. Bill Clinton, making Alaska one of the few states Dole won. Homer saw a 48.8 percent voter turn out.

– From the issue of Nov. 7, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

District 5 voters returned Mike Navarre to the state House, turned out Libertarian Andre Marrou and replaced him with political newcomer C.E. Swackhammer of Soldotna. Both Navarre and Swackhammer closely aligned themselves with the campaign of Alaska’s new governor, Democrat Steve Cowper. The representatives said they expect District 5 to have better access to the governor than in previous years.

– From the issue of Nov. 6, 1986

50 years ago in the Homer News:

Walter J. Hickel became Alaska’s first elected Republican governor. Howard W. Pollock captured Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after his defeat of veteran Congressman Ralph J. Rivers. Sen. E. L. Bartlett won a U.S. Senate seat with a sweeping victory against his opponent Dr. Lee McKinley.

– From the issue of Nov. 10, 1966