Jim Sykes

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Jim Sykes
Member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly from District 1
In office
October 2013 (2013-10) – November 2019 (2019-11)
Preceded byWarren Keogh
Succeeded byTim Hale
Personal details
James L. Sykes

(1950-04-08) April 8, 1950 (age 73)
Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyGreen
ResidencePalmer, Alaska

James L. Sykes (born April 8, 1950)[1][2][3] is a producer and elected official in the state of Alaska, who helped found the Green Party of Alaska.

Early life and career[edit]

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 twice, in 2002 and 2004, receiving 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 nonpartisan borough assembly of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. District 1 covers the eastern portion of the borough and includes Butte, Lazy Mountain, South Knik River, Farm Loop, South Fishhook, Buffalo Soapstone, Sutton, Chickaloon, Glacier View and Lake Louise.[6] On October 1, 2013 Sykes won by 69 votes.[7] He succeeded Warren Keogh. Sykes did not run for reelection in the 2019 election. Tim Hale defeated Brian Endle for the district 1 seat.[8]

Electoral history[edit]


  1. ^ "Defendant - Summary (3AN-07-10273MO Municipality of Anchorage vs. Sykes, James L)". CourtView. Alaska Court System. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Reports Image Index for Candidate ID: S2AK00093". Washington: Federal Election Commission. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. 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 Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 2.
  5. ^ a b Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 2, 2004" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.
  6. ^ "District 1".
  7. ^ 'Sykes, Beck win seats on Mat-Su Assembly', Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, 11 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  8. ^ Rockey, Tim (November 12, 2019). "Borough releases final election results". Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Archived from the original on November 13, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  9. ^ "1994 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Alaska". Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
  10. ^ "1990 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Alaska" (PDF). Alaska Division of Elections. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31.

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