You'd have to be living in a culvert not to notice that the race for the Midtown assembly seat is the most hotly contested on the ballot of the Tuesday, April 6 election. Nearly $200,000 has flowed into the campaign coffers of attorney Dan Coffey and incumbent assemblyman Doug Van Etten, financing a smackdown, complete with sizzling TV, radio and newspaper advertisements.
The early ads were feel-good spots. They played up Coffey's roots as a lifetime Anchorage resident and no-nonsense businessman. Ads for Van Etten mentioned his Army service, including a stint as a mountain-rescue team leader, and his claim to blazing a new route up Mount McKinley.