Jim Sykes

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Jim Sykes
Member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly from District 1
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 2013 (2013-10)
Preceded by Warren Keogh
Personal details
Born (1950-04-08) April 8, 1950 (age 65)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Political party Green Party
Residence Palmer, Alaska

James L. "Jim" Sykes (born April 8, 1950)[1][2][3] is a producer, and elected official in the state of Alaska notable for being one of the founders of the Green Party of Alaska.

Early Life and Career[edit]

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]

Green Party Activism[edit]

In 1990, Sykes became one of the founders of the Green Party of Alaska. As a result, 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 continued to be active in Green Party politics, running for the U.S. Senate in twice in 2002 and 2004. He received 7.24% of the vote in 2002 [4] and 2.22% in 2004.[5]

Mat-Su Borough Assembly[edit]

In 2013, Sykes ran against Doug Glenn for an open seat in District 1 on the non-partisan borough assembly of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. District 1 covers the eastern portion of the borough[6] and includes Butte, Lazy Mountain, South Knik River, Farm Loop, South Fishhook, Buffalo Soapstone, Sutton, Chickaloon, Glacier View and Lake Louise.[7][8]

On October 1, 2013 Sykes won by 69 votes.[9] He succeeded Warren Keogh.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2002election.pdf
  5. ^ a b http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2004election.pdf
  6. ^ file:///C:/Users/michaels/Downloads/2012_Overall_36x48.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.matsugov.us/assembly/district-1
  8. ^ file:///C:/Users/michaels/Downloads/2012_AD1_wCommCoun.pdf
  9. ^ 'Sykes, Beck win seats on Mat-Su Assembly', Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, 11 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  10. ^ file:///C:/Users/michaels/Downloads/101513%20-%20Clerks%20-%20Assembly%20-%20Election%20Certification%20Minutes.pdf
  11. ^ "1994 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Alaska". Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  12. ^ "1990 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Alaska" (PDF). Alaska Division of Elections. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31. [dead link]

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