Dimond cautiously optimistic on outcome of House District 33 race

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - House District 33 Candidate Chris Dimond talked about his candidacy on Action Line Tuesday.

    He's running as an independent to represent the district comprised of downtown Juneau, Douglas and Northern Lynn Canal Communities.

    If elected, he'll be courted by both parties.  We asked about his intentions on who to join up with.  He responded by saying his intention would be to build a bigger and broader coalition than existed the last two years.  "I think that is vitally important,"  he said.  "Running as an independent doesn't mean I don't have my values.  I've been very open that I'm a center - left voter, but I believe that we need to be bringing more of the parties and more people together and talking, finding solutions, rather than highlighting our differences and problems."

    Dimond faces Democrat Sara Hannan in the November 6 General Election.

    We asked how he's assessing his chances.  "I always tell people that I am cautiously optimistic."  Dimond thinks he's  run a strong campaign to date and feels good about it going into the last two weeks.

    His opponent, Democrat Sara Hannan, thinks it will be a close election and wouldn't be surprised if it will be decided by absentee votes.  Dimond says that's certainly a possibility.  "What I'm hearing is positive, so I guess it's a wait and see."

    Dimond says he's raised about $80,000 for his campaign so far.  Hannan told us she's collected about $60,000.

    A Republican did not enter the House District 33 race,


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