Jim Sykes

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James L. "Jim" Sykes (born April 8, 1950)[1][2][3] is a radio journalist and producer, and Green Party politician, in the U.S. state of Alaska. The founder of the Green Party of Alaska, Sykes initiated a lawsuit, Sykes v. Alaska, relying heavily upon case law established in the earlier ballot access lawsuits of Joe Vogler during the 1970s and 1980s. The lawsuit allowed the Green Party onto the ballot in similar fashion to the original ballot access status of the Alaskan Independence Party prior to its becoming a recognized political party. This lawsuit also led to the lessening of the threshold needed to become recognized as a political party in Alaska. In the 1990 gubernatorial election, Sykes ran as the Green Party nominee and garnered 3.3% of the vote. This established Alaska as the first state to obtain ballot access for the Green Party in the United States. Sykes continues to be active in Green Party politics, most recently running for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004.


Jim Sykes was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and moved to Alaska ca. 1976. Sykes spent many years living and working in both Anchorage and Talkeetna. Sykes's professional experience includes work for the Alaska Native Review Commission, public radio stations KSKA and KTNA, and as executive director of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group. He homesteaded in the community of Chase, near Talkeetna, and help to found the Chase Community Council. He and his wife currently live near Palmer in a solar-powered straw-bale house.[3] Sykes won by 69 votes on Oct. 1, 2013, in the non-partisan race for Mat-Su Borough Assembly, District 1.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1990 - Governor - (Not Elected) 6,563 votes, for 3.3% of total vote
  • 1994 - Governor - (Not Elected) Place: 4 of 5 running 8,727 votes, for 4.1% of total vote [5]
  • 2002 - U.S. Senate - (Not Elected) Place: 3 of 5 running 16,608 votes, 7.24% of total vote [6]
  • 2004 - U.S. Senate - (Not Elected) Place: 7 of 7 running 3,039 votes, 0.99% of total vote [7]


  1. ^ "Defendant - Summary (3AN-07-10273MO Municipality of Anchorage vs. Sykes, James L)". CourtView. Alaska Court System. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Reports Image Index for Candidate ID: S2AK00093". Washington: Federal Election Commission. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b State of Alaska Official Election Pamphlet (pdf) (Region III ed.). Juneau: Alaska Division of Elections. 2004. p. 34. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ 'Sykes, Beck win seats on Mat-Su Assembly', Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, 11 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  5. ^ 1994 election results
  6. ^ 2002 election results
  7. ^ [1], Ballotpedia. Retrieved 4 October 2013.