The state’s third largest political party, the Alaskan Independence Party, will hold its one-day 2022 convention on Saturday, April 23, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The AIP is a pro-gun, pro-family, pro-life, pro-strict-interpretation constitution party,” a notice for the gathering states. “We alone dare to call out the federal government as in wanton violation of its own Constitution. What are you waiting for? The AIP is a beautiful Prom date waiting alone in the corner, hoping you will ask her for a dance.”

With a membership approaching 19,000, the AIP is open to all Alaskans.

“But many have balked at joining, with the usual (and well-justified) reply, ‘If I join the AIP, I won’t be able to vote in the Republican Party! But my heart is with you,’” the convention notice observes. “Friends, with Ranked Choice Voting, this is no longer an issue. The AIP was the only party to sign on to the Ken Jacobus lawsuit that claimed that RCV was unconstitutional, and we still oppose it. But when life gives you lemons … make lemonade! If your heart is with the AIP – ‘Home is where the heart is.’ Why wait?”

The upcoming convention will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a registration deadline on Monday, April 18. To register go Those who are not AIP members can re-register their party affiliation and submit their convention fee of $100. Attendees will be able to stay at the Kenai River Lodge at an off-season 10% discount.

The gathering will include remarks from AIP Party Chairman Bob Bird, keynotes from Dr. Forrest Nabors (professor of history at UAA), Ric Davidge (advisor to President Ronald Regan), and speeches from various candidates running for public office including gubernatorial candidate Rep. Christopher Kurka. There will also be video addresses by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Kelly Tshibaka and gubernatorial candidate and current Kenai Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce.

After these remarks, attendees will modify and approve the party platform, issue endorsements and elect party officers. For more information, contact party chairman Bob Bird at or call at 907-398-9373. For more information about the history of the Alaskan Independence Party, click here.

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Alaskan Independence Party to hold April 23 convention in Soldotna

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.