Former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has endorsed State Representative Christopher Kurka in his newly announced campaign to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 governor’s race.

Click the image above to watch Joe Miller’s endorsement of State Rep. Christopher Kurka’s campaign for governor of Alaska.

Kurka launched his campaign, Nov. 29, via Miller’s Facebook page and Restoring Liberty website. Over the weekend, there was widespread speculated that Miller might run for Alaska’s top executive spot after stating he had an announcement to make. It turns out he was preparing to throw his weight behind Kurka.

Miller’s ten-minute video begins by blasting Gov. Mike Dunleavy for failing to adequately address Alaska’s voter integrity issues, shutting down churches and businesses during the initial phases of the COVID outbreak and for “waiving the white flag” on cutting the budget.

“We need to have that candidate who is going to do exactly what I talked about. Stand with integrity, stand with principle, be inflexible in the face of pressure,” Miller said. “And I believe that candidate is Representative Christopher Kurka. He’s young, but principled. I’ve worked with him for years. He is ready for the challenge. He’s a lifelong, third-generation Alaskan. He is ready to stand for what it right.”

“These are unusual times – calls for unusual candidates. You don’t normally find somebody – maybe as young as Chris, maybe just a first termer in the legislature wanting to run for governor,” Miller added. “I think Christopher Kurka has the integrity and strength and certainly the motivation to see this through.”

Elected to Alaska’s State House in 2020, Kurka is a principled, pro-liberty, small government and pro-life Republican legislator. The former director of Alaska Right to Life is widely regarded as one of the most conservative legislators in Juneau, consistently supporting smaller state budgets, gun rights, election integrity, judicial selection reform, medical freedom and a full statutory PFD.

Kurka is a lifelong Alaskan, a family man, small business owner, opponent of the binding caucus, champion of unborn human life, the statutory PFD, parental rights, private property rights and right to work legislation.

In his first foray into politics, at age 33, Kurka easily defeated Democrat Jamin Burton to win Wasilla’s State House District seat 7 in 2020. Kurka took 74% of the vote in the general election and assumed office in January 2021. His current term ends in January 2023.

Kurka has stated that he believes “life begins at conception and that it is the government’s job to protect every innocent human life.” Additionally, he said he believes strongly in upholding parental rights, the nuclear family and school choice.

Kurka is also keenly interested in tackling crime by exploring criminal justice reform which puts a focus on restitution for victims. Other high priorities are opening up more of Alaska’s land for private ownership, championing Second Amendment rights and moving the state capital out of Juneau.

Born in Anchorage and raised in Eagle River along with his eight siblings, Kurka later built a home in the Mat-Su with his wife Haylee where the couple is raising a young family. He has been involved in numerous political campaigns, including Joe Miller’s Senate bid in both 2010 and 2014. He also sat on the Board of Director’s and was vice president of Alaska Right to Life before becoming the executive director in 2013.

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Joe Miller backs Rep. Christopher Kurka’s bid to unseat Gov. Dunleavy

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • John J Otness says:


    • john otness says:

      This is a war against GOOD and EVIL….There are no cheap seats, The left has burnt them all. Stand up ALASKANS against the evil.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Let me be the first to say good bye to Todd Smolden, Dave Stiren, and the rest of the incompetent Dunleavy administration
    Last but not least spineless Dunleavy himself! Good bye

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Look at the democrats coming out of the woods against our governor to put a (crook) 8n office. Do you not remember about ten years ago what Joe Miller did up in Fairbanks? You better wake up before its to late.

  • Ryan Nelson says:

    You guys are gonna try to can Dunleavy and you’ll all regret it when Walker is governor. You will then realize that Dunleavy wasn’t all that bad. This is really bad for Alaska.

  • Jimbo says:

    Walker won’t be much different than Dunleavy. At least he’s honest about being a liberal. I’ll gamble on the hope we can get a real full pfd and spending cutting governor.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      PFD yes we all want a full PFD it’s the law!!
      But if walker get in there will be mandates state wide
      I will not comply

  • EscapedAnchorage says:

    Huh…. didn’t see that coming. I thought ol Joe ws gonna try running.

  • Jason Floyd says:

    The Republican Establishment hates true grass-roots conservatives. They can’t stand anyone outside of their crony network of elites, especially anyone who dares to step up and asks the hard questions, or who takes an uncompromising principled stand. The Establishment sets the rules and expects everyone to lock-step into line and maintain the status quo. It’s like the union workers that hate it when a newbie shows up and works, “too hard,” making them look like lazy sponges. I hope Rep. Kurka takes this Administration to the “wood-shed,” and exposes their anti-liberty, do-nothing agenda for what it is… just an elaborate plan for fleecing hard-working Alaskan’s while they secure their next tax-payer funded paycheck and benefit plans, as they work to pack their golden-parachutes for retirement. Go Representative Kurka! Take the gloves off and let ’em have it!

  • Lyndsey says:

    Go Chris! Next question: who would the Lt Gov be? Please someone as strong as Chris on election integrity and the Constitution? David Eastman? Bob Bird? Joe Miller? Lora Reinbold? Bruce Walden? Joel Davidson? Jason Floyd?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I’m not a joe Miller fan
    But I’m liking this guy Karla

  • Sterling Crone says:

    “Waiving the white flag”
    ?? Great. Another illiterate politician.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Hey Chris if you read this before choosing your Lt governor, consider myself interested
    I’m not intimidated by the insider, remember I was a soa whistle blower who fought to keep my state job but eventually the state retaliation swarmed me
    Again consider me and election integrity will not be compromised