David M. Talerico

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David M. Talerico
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Alaska House of Representatives, District 6
In office
January 26, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 22, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
David M. Talerico (b. February 23, 1956) is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Talerico served on the Upper Railbelt School Board from 1976 to 1977. He then served in the Denali Borough Assembly from 2001 to 2002. He has been the Mayor of Denali Borough since 2002.


Talerico graduated from Tri-Valley School in 1974. He was employed for the Usibelli Coal Mine from 1974 to 1997. From 1985 to 1986, he also worked as director of the Tri-Valley Fire Department. He then worked as owner and operator of the Denali River View Inn from 1997 to 2004.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Talerico served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2015
Health & Social Services
Resources, Chair
State Affairs


Campaign themes


Talerico's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Excerpt: "Work to resolve the Federal overreach problems with land and resource development."
  • Excerpt: "Improve schools, graduation rates, assure what is being taught within the system is relevant."
  • Excerpt: "Immediately address energy costs, electricity and space heating, keep everything "on the table" for rapid solutions."
  • Excerpt: "Develop resources sensibly and responsibly."
  • Excerpt: "Improve public safety, focus on domestic issues and emergency equipment."


Talerico's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Energy
Excerpt: "There is no magic bullet when is comes to energy. We need many different power producing sources, the Healy Clean Coal Project is the closest to being ready to lower our energy costs in the Interior."
  • Gasline
Excerpt: "Natural Gas could be used all over Alaska. Southcentral needs gas now. An All Alaska Line has enormous pacific rim potential."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Our system requires sufficient funding and needs to be accountable for what it produces. Making sure the education provided has relevance is the key"
  • University of Alaska
Excerpt: "The University needs to continue to receive necessary support and should be viewed and advertised as a system that provides a unique and advantageous opportunity for a quality education."
  • Resource Development
Excerpt: "Responsible development is a must for future Alaskans. Providing new, living wage jobs should be a priority for all of us."



See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Wilson Justin was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while David M. "Dave" Talerico defeated Thomas A. "Tad" Dunning in the Republican primary. Talerico defeated Justin in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Talerico 60.3% 3,940
     Democratic Wilson Justin 39.7% 2,590
Total Votes 6,530
Alaska House of Representatives, District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Talerico 59% 1,406
Tad Dunning 41% 979
Total Votes 2,385


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Talerico was unopposed in the August 24 primary. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat David Guttenberg in the November 2 general election.[8]

Alaska House of Representatives District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Guttenberg (D) 4,377
David M. Talerico (R) 3,583

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Talerico is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Talerico raised a total of $69,401 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2015.[9]

David Talerico's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Alaska State House, District 6 Won $35,262
2010 Alaska State House, District 8 Defeated $34,139
Grand Total Raised $69,401


Talerico won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. During that election cycle, Talerico raised a total of $75,810.
Alaska House of Representatives 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David M. Talerico's campaign in 2014
Alaska Republican Party$5,250
Talerico, David$3,216
Fairbanks Republican Women Federated$2,500
BP North America$1,000
Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2014$75,810
Source: Follow the Money


Talerico lost the election for the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Talerico raised a total of $34,139.


Talerico and his wife, Peggy, have two children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric A. Feige (R)
Alaska House of Representatives District 6
Succeeded by