Peggy Wilson from Wrangell won the primary election for the Republican nominee for House District 33 Tuesday night defeating two opponents from Ketchikan. Wilson won 46 percent of the 2,145 votes cast. Agnes Moran took 32 percent and Patti Mackey got 22 percent. Here in Wrangell she won with an overwhelming majority – 360 to their combined 43 votes.
Wilson said she was surprised at the outcome. “Well actually, I’m very humbled and pleased with all the support and confidence the district has given me in this primary election. I mean, I thought it would be a lot closer, so I’m just kind of amazed.”
In the general election she’ll be running against her current colleague Rep. Kyle Johansen, who used to represent Ketchikan as a Republican. In the new district, he’s running as an independent. Wilson said she’s never had to face another incumbent, but she hopes the spirit of the race will mirror that of the primaries.
“I actually want to thank the opponents I had this time for keeping the race focused on the issues and not personalities. People are tired of dirty politics, and both of my opponents are very fine ladies with many talents,” she said.
Wilson said part of the reason she won the primary was because of community support, like women who hand addressed over 4,000 envelopes. She plans on taking a short break from campaigning while she develops her new plan for the general election where she’ll face two different opponents – Johansen and Democrat Matt Olsen.