Roger Purcell

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Roger Purcell
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Candidate for
Alaska House of Representatives District 7
Prior offices
Mayor, Houston, Alaska
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Roger Purcell was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 7 of the Alaska House of Representatives.

Purcell was former mayor of Houston, Alaska. Purcell resigned his position days before a scheduled recall in 2010[1].



See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Purcell ran in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 7. He was defeated by incumbent Wes Keller in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012.[2][3]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Keller Incumbent 68.2% 1,468
Roger Purcell 31.8% 686
Total Votes 2,154

2010 recall

See also: Roger Purcell recall, Houston, Alaska (2010)

A vote on whether or not to recall Purcell from his position as mayor was scheduled for June 22, 2010, but Purcell resigned from the office days before the election.

The official reason given on the recall papers was "misconduct in office by using emergency lights on a city vehicle while not responding to an emergency." This allegation involved a video that was taken by the camera of a police vehicle Purcell drove to Fairbanks. Charlie Seidl, who was at the time a police sergeant in Houston, downloaded the video from the official vehicle, gave it to a member of the Houston City Council and posted it on YouTube.[4]

The full list of reasons why recall organizers wanted Purcell out of office include the following assertions that Purcell:

  • Traveled to Fairbanks in a police vehicle without council approval.[5]
  • Purchased an airline ticket without council approval.
  • Authorized the city clerk to file a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission knowing it included a false complaint.
  • Used unauthorized blue flashing lights while making a traffic stop.
  • Participated in executive sessions without stating the specific topic to be discussed.


Purcell and his wife, Biaca, have one child.[6]

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