Les Gara

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Les Gara
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Alaska House of Representatives District 18
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBoston University, 1985
J.D.Harvard Law School, 1988
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1963
Place of birthNew York City, NY
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Les Gara (b. February 6, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Gara's professional experience includes working as a freelance writer and owner of LG Writing and Research, a Law Partner with Friedman, Rubin and White and an attorney in private and public practice.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gara served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gara served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gara served on these committees:

Issues

  • HB 45 - "An Act relating to certain investments of the Alaska permanent fund, the state's retirement systems, the State of Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan, and the deferred compensation program for state employees in companies that do business in Sudan, and restricting those investments."
  • HB 148 -"An Act relating to a state energy use reduction plan and energy efficiency improvement contracts and to energy audits of public buildings conducted by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities;
  • HB 237 - "An Act prohibiting certain per diem payments and delaying the payment of salaries to legislators based on the failure to adopt an education operating budget before March 1 of each fiscal year."[1]

Political courgage tests

2008

Gara's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he replied:

"I will keep working form expanded pre-k education, because the studies show that it results in higher graduation rates, lower crime rates, and greater success for students. I will keep supporting increased university and job training financial aid so that income isn't a factor in whether someone can reach for success.

I'll keep fighting for a stronger minimum wage; better renewable energy funding; good pensions for government workers; and universal access to quality medical care. I will also keep working to protect our access rights to Alaska's public lands, and our ability to enjoy Alaska's fishing, hunting and recreational areas."[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 19, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. District 18 incumbent Les S. Gara will face Robert L. Benton in the Democratic primary.[3]

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gara ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 18. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5] Gara won in the general election.[6]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLes S. Gara Incumbent 72.2% 4,356
     Republican Cris A. Eichenlaub 27.4% 1,654
     Write-in Write-in 0.4% 27
Total Votes 6,037

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gara won re-election to the 23rd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the general election.[7][8]

2008

In 2008 Gara was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 23. Gara (D) ran unopposed and finished with 4,952 votes.[9] Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund.[10]

Alaska House of Representatives District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Les Gara (D) 4,952

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gara is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Gara raised a total of $408,283 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 2, 2013.[11]

Les Gara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 18 Won $65,189
2010 Alaska State House, District 23 Won $33,020
2008 Alaska State House, District 23 Won $79,509
2006 Alaska State House, District 23 Won $33,520
2004 Alaska State House, District 23 Won $85,744
2002 Alaska State House, District 23 Won $111,301
Grand Total Raised $408,283

2012

Gara won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gara raised a total of $65,189.
Alaska House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Les Gara's campaign in 2012
National Education Association Alaska$2,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$2,000
Anchorage Police Department Employees Association$2,000
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52$2,000
Alaska Laborers Local 341$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$65,189
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gara won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gara raised a total of $33,020.

2008

Gara won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Gara raised a total of $79,509.

2006

Gara won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Gara raised a total of $33,520.

2004

Gara won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Gara raised a total of $85,744.

2002

Gara won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Gara raised a total of $111,301.

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2014

In 2014, the 28th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 21 to April 20.

2012

In 2012, the 27th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 17 to April 15. It was in special session from April 15 to April 30.[12]

Personal

Gara has a wife, Kelly.

Gara is a life member of the Alaska Flyfishers Association, and volunteers with the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brother Francis Shelter, and Camp Fire.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 18
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 23
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Lynn (R)