Alaska State Senators Shelley Hughes and Mike Shower will lay out the case for why Alaskans should vote in favor of a statewide constitutional convention.

The lawmakers will present their case on Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at the Wilda Marston Theater at Anchorage’s Loussac Library. Fairbanks professor, Dr. Forrest Nabors will preside over the event.

While the Alaska Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and many other left-leaning activist organizations have attempted to scare voters into rejecting their constitutional right to hold a convention, Hughes and Shower aim to cut through the fear mongering and detail why its time to hold the first statewide convention since statehood.

On Nov. 8, Alaskans will be asked whether to call a convention. According to the Alaska Constitution, voters must be asked this question every 10 years.

Both Hughes and Shower support a “yes” vote on the convention. Hughes posted part her rationale on Facebook this past weekend, noting that many states have held successful constitutional conventions in past decades without veering into extreme proposals.

“Don’t let the opposition ads fool you,” she wrote. “The framers built safeguards into the constitutional convention process. Those claiming it would be dangerous to hold a convention apparently doubt the framers as well as doubt the people of Alaska. I don’t; do you?”

Hughes noted that a convention is run and organized by citizens.

“Voters choose the citizen delegates (to the convention),” she observed. “The delegates propose amendments. The delegates vote on them. Those that pass, go onto the ballot for voters to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down. It starts and ends with the voters, which is the way it should be. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The upcoming presentation is free and open to the public.

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Oct. 18: Alaska Senators Hughes & Shower to present case for constitutional convention

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.


  • Lobo says:

    It would probably help to mail out flyers like the lefties do… There may have been some, but I haven’t seen any yet. That costs money, I know, but that’s where the fundraising comes in.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    will this be streamed live for people that can’t go? It sure would be nice for elderly seniors and handicapped people.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Senator Hughes and Senator Shower, thank you for holding this educational meeting to help dispel any misunderstandings (misunderstand=missing understanding I heard recently – good meaning!) about a constitutional convention. I hope that it will be streamed live by ADN or one of the individual reporters from our area to help get the word out to an even larger crowd.

  • Diana H. Graf says:

    Go team go!! Love you Senator Shelly Hughes and respect you Senator Shower! Diana Graf/Whitestone

  • Mary says:

    All Alaska needs to hear this presentation not just Anchorage folks.

  • Chandler Wyatt says:

    What changes do you politicians support? No one seems to be saying.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Great meeting tonight. By the end of the evening I did not hear of any that were against a constitutional convention – sounded like unanimous agreement that we should have one. Several people were recording – not sure who all is publishing a video. Politadick might be posting a video of tonight’s meeting on Rumble.