Andrew Halcro (born September 20, 1964) is an American politician from Anchorage, Alaska. Formerly a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, he ran for Governor of Alaska as an independent candidate in the 2006 election, placing third with 9.46 percent of the vote.

Andrew Halcro
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
1998 (1998) – 2003 (2003)
Personal details
Born (1964-09-20) September 20, 1964 (age 55)
San Francisco, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Victoria
ChildrenTwo
ResidenceAnchorage, Alaska

Early lifeEdit

Halcro was born in San Francisco, California on September 20, 1964. He attended East Anchorage High School and received degrees from Willamette University and the University of Alaska Anchorage.[1][2]

Business careerEdit

Halcro was director of sales and marketing for Avis Rent a Car of Alaska and a board member of the Avis Licensee Association from 1990.[1][2] From 2002 he was president of Avis Alaska.[3] He stepped down as president and chief executive officer when he launched his 2006 gubernatorial campaign, but returned to the company following the election.[4]

Alaska House of RepresentativesEdit

In 1998, he ran for the Alaska House of Representatives as a Republican, winning both the primary and the general election. In 2000, he won the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election. He did not seek re-election in 2002.

Gubernatorial raceEdit

Halcro ran for Governor of Alaska in 2006 as an independent candidate. His gubernatorial campaign emphasised community health, economic wellbeing, the state's marketing efforts and small business.[3] On election day, Halcro finished third, receiving 22,443 votes, 9.46 percent of the total. Republican nominee Sarah Palin won the election with 114,697 votes, 48.33 percent and former Governor Tony Knowles finished second, with 40.97 percent.

Subsequent careerEdit

After losing his gubernatorial bid, Halcro began a political blog, through which he became a prominent critic of Palin's administration and publicized the scandal surrounding Palin's July 2008 dismissal of a Public Safety Commissioner.[4] Palin later criticized Halcro in her memoir Going Rogue.[5]

Halcro said in September 2009 that he would run for the United States House of Representatives in Alaska's At-large congressional district in 2010,[6] but in February 2010 said he was reconsidering his decision.[7] He became president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce in 2012.[8]

In January 2015 Halcro filed a letter of intent to run for Mayor of Anchorage.[8] He declared his intention to run later that month, and said he was running because "We need a healthy economy, a healthy community, and we need trust."[9] He placed third in the first round of the election and did not advance to the runoff election.[10]

Electoral historyEdit

Alaska Gubernatorial Election 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sarah Palin 114,697 48.33 -7.6
Democratic Tony Knowles 97,238 40.97 +0.3
Independent Andrew Halcro 22,443 9.46 n/a
Alaskan Independence Don Wright 1,285 0.54 -0.4
Libertarian Billy Toien 682 0.29 -0.2
Green David Massie 593 0.25 -1.0
Write-in candidate Write-in votes 384 0.16 +0.1
Plurality 17,459 7.36
Turnout 238,307 51.1
Republican hold Swing -7.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Andrew Halcro". 100 Years of Alaska's Legislature. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "House District 12: Andrew J. Halcro, Republican". Alaska Division of Elections. 1998. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Where the candidates stand: Andrew Halcro". Alaska Journal of Commerce. September 30, 2006. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kelly, Devin (March 19, 2015). "Andrew Halcro: Outspoken former chamber president sees city economy in big-picture terms". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Baird, Austin; Coyne, Amanda (June 11, 2011). "Andrew Halcro got under Sarah Palin's skin". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Thiessen, Mark (September 11, 2009). "Halcro says he will challenge Rep. Don Young in 2010 race". Juneau Empire. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Cockerham, Sean (February 23, 2010). "Halcro unsure of race against Don Young". Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on February 25, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Kelly, Devin (January 9, 2015). "Andrew Halcro files letter of intent to run for Anchorage mayor". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Kelly, Devin (January 13, 2015). "Halcro officially in the race for Anchorage mayor". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Hillman, Anne (April 8, 2015). "Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Alaska Division of Elections November 7, 2006". Alaska Division of Elections. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2019-04-22.

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