1982 Alaska gubernatorial election

The 1982 Alaska gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 1982, for the post of Governor of Alaska. To replace outgoing Republican governor Jay Hammond, Democratic nominee Bill Sheffield defeated three opponents: Republican nominee Tom Fink, Libertarian nominee Dick Randolph and Alaskan Independence Party nominee Joe Vogler. Hammond had endorsed his lieutenant governor, Terry Miller, who lost the Republican nomination to Fink in the primary election.

1982 Alaska gubernatorial election

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  Bill Sheffield 1989.jpg Tom Fink 1975.jpg Dick Randolph.jpg
Nominee Bill Sheffield Tom Fink Dick Randolph
Party Democratic Republican Libertarian
Running mate Steve McAlpine Mike Colletta Donnis Thompson
Popular vote 89,918 72,291 29,067
Percentage 46.1% 37.1% 14.9%

Governor before election

Jay Hammond

Elected Governor

Bill Sheffield

Randolph, as a member of a political party not recognized by the state, gained access to the ballot via a nominating petition. He garnered nearly fifteen percent of the vote, to date the highest percentage received by any Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate. His running mate, Donnis Thompson, the wife of the mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, was the only woman on a statewide ballot in this year's elections, as well as one of the first in Alaskan history.

As of 2019, this is the earliest governor election in which all major candidates are still living.


1982 gubernatorial election, Alaska[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Sheffield 89,918 46.12%
Republican Tom Fink 72,291 37.09%
Libertarian Dick Randolph 29,067 14.91%
Alaskan Independence Joe Vogler 3,235 1.66%
Write-in votes 374 0.19%
Majority 17,627 9.04%
Turnout 194,885
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ "1982 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Alaska" (PDF). Alaska Division of Elections. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31.