Sarah Vance makes run at House of Representatives seat

Homer resident Sarah Vance hopes to make the House of Representatives District 31 seat her first official political office.

Vance, who grew up in Homer and is raising a family, made an unsuccessful run at Homer City Council in 2017. She came in third behind Rachel Lord and Caroline Venuti. She is now running for the District 31 House seat in the Republican Party.

Vance gained attention through her role as spokesperson for Heartbeat of Homer, the citizen group that organized to recall former Homer council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds and current council member Donna Aderhold. That attempt created a divisive political climate in Homer and ultimately failed.

According to her July 21 Alaska Public Offices Commission report, Vance raised $5,600, most of it personal donations from $25 to $500, including $500 from Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and contributions from recall leaders Larry Zuccaro ($500) and Larri Fancher ($300). She received one political action committee donation of $500 from the ConocoPhilips AK Employee PAC #600.

Vance supports full restoration of the Permanent Fund Dividend, according to a press release related to her District 31 campaign. She also supports reducing government overreach.

“… I will be your voice in Juneau by prioritizing economic development; educating our youth, empowering our workforce, and advocating for our seniors,” she said in the release.

Vance did not respond to requests for an interview or answer the questions sent by the Homer News.

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