Geran Tarr

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Geran Tarr
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Alaska House of Representatives District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 28, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Geran Tarr is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Health & Social Services
Resources
Economic Development, Trade & Tourism
Administrative Regulation Review
Armed Services

Issues

Abortion

In April 2014, the Alaska legislature passed legislation limiting state Medicaid payments for abortion, which Tarr opposed. The bill would allow Medicaid payments for abortions that were "medically necessary," which would only cover physical harm. Tarr opposed the bill due to its restrictions on abortion access for low-income women as well as the litigation the bill would create. "Litigation will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, just as it has in the past," Tarr said in an interview.[1]

Campaign themes

2012

Tarr's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Safe Neighborhoods and Public Safety
Excerpt: "Neighborhood safety is a main concern in our area. With children playing outside, neighborhood speeding and cut-through traffic is an issue because it puts children and other pedestrians in an unsafe situation. I will work to improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and decrease cut-through traffic."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I’m an Educator and believe a good education is the foundation to a successful life. I have taught in our public schools and know we have great talent in the teachers and staff that run our schools. I believe our kids should have opportunities for success and recognize the diversity of the children we are teaching."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Lately, we’ve benefited from high oil revenue and have had a surplus. I believe legislators made the right decision in saving significant amounts of the surpluses we’ve had the last several years. We don’t know what the future will bring and I believe we need to plan for the future by saving, investing, and practicing fiscal responsibility."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "I support the Senior Benefits Program and other social safety net programs to assist seniors on a fixed income."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "We need to be innovative and work towards an economy that can be sustained long into the future. I will work hard to plan for the future and find ways to create economic opportunities for all Alaskans."

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 19, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. District 17 incumbent Geran Tarr was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Cean Stevens (L) in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Tarr ran in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 17. She defeated Cal Williams in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6] Tarr won in the general election.[7]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeran Tarr 60.3% 2,416
     Republican Cean Stevens 39.1% 1,568
     Write-in Write-in 0.5% 22
Total Votes 4,006
Alaska House of Representatives, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeran Tarr 55.6% 600
Cal Williams 44.4% 480
Total Votes 1,080

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tarr is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Tarr raised a total of $43,179 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 2, 2013.[8]

Geran Tarr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 17 Won $43,179
Grand Total Raised $43,179

2012

Tarr won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Tarr raised a total of $43,179.
Alaska House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Geran Tarr's campaign in 2012
Alaska House Democratic Campaign Cmte$3,000
Tarr, Geran$2,171
Alaska Laborers Local 341$1,000
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52$1,000
Electrical Workers Local 1547$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$43,179
Source:Follow the Money

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2014

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anna Fairclough (R)
Alaska House of Representatives District 17
2013–present
Succeeded by
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