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Sharon Cissna emerged from a five-way Democratic primary in August 2012 to win her party's nomination for Alaska's lone U.S. House seat despite raising very little money.
Cissna was perhaps the best known of the candidates, having served in the state House since 1998, where her focus has been health and education issues.
She gained national attention in 2011, when she refused a pat-down at a Seattle airport. Cissna, a breast cancer survivor who has had a mastectomy, underwent a full-body scan but was singled out for a further pat-down search, her second, she said, within three months. She likened the pat-down to assault and said she'd vowed to never endure one again. Unable to board the flight, she wound up taking the long way back to Juneau for the legislative session, a nearly 900-mile journey that included a cab and rental car, small airplane ride and ferry.
Race Snapshot: Alaska House District 1
Sharon Cissna (D)
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