60-year-old handyman Michael Sheldon of Petersburg is pushing his message of protecting the annual Permanent Fund Dividend check for Alaskans as he campaigns in the final week to unseat a long-time incumbent in the state senate.
Sheldon is running a write-in campaign against fellow Republican Bert Stedman of Sitka, who has held the seat since 2003.
Sheldon announced his candidacy about one month before the election. He has not been able to campaign personally in many of the communities of the senate district, which stretches from Ketchikan, Metalakatla and Hydaburg to Hoonah, Tenakee Springs and Pelican.

Joe Viechnicki spoke with him about his campaign and his ideas for the state.