Ray Metcalfe

Ray Metcalfe (born August 29, 1950) is a politician and political activist in Alaska. Metcalfe has served in the Alaska House of Representatives as a Republican, and later ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate as a Democrat.

Ray Metcalfe
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 11th district
In office
January 15, 1979 – January 17, 1983
Serving with Joyce Munson (1979–1981), Bernard Bylsma (1981–1983)
Preceded byKris W. Lethis
Succeeded byMitchell Abood
Personal details
Born (1950-08-29) August 29, 1950 (age 70)
Crow Indian Reservation, Montana, US
Political partyRepublican (before 1986)
Republican Moderate (1986–2006)
Democratic (2006–present)

Personal lifeEdit

Ray Metcalfe was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana, where he lived until he left home at the age of 15. He spent the next few years hitchhiking around the country, attending high schools in multiple cities and states until graduating from Billings Senior High School in Billings, Montana in 1969. He then hitchhiked to Alaska, arriving June 5, 1969 with a bedroll, a backpack and $52.00 in his pocket.

His life in Alaska alternated between Alaska's oil fields and college, studying business and history until he opened Metcalfe Real Estate Company in 1976, which he operates to this day.

Political careerEdit

Metcalfe was twice elected to the Alaska House of Representatives as a Republican. He formed the Republican Moderate Party of Alaska in 1986, to oppose the religious right who he felt had invaded and taken over the Republican Party. Shortly after Metcalfe formed the RMP, the leaders of the Republican Party sued him for forming a group using the term "Republican" without their permission. Metcalfe won in Superior Court and the Republican Party did not appeal.

The Superior Court declared Metcalfe to be a "Public Litigant," "litigating in the public interest in defense of free speech for all." Consequently, under Alaska's court rules, the new leaders of the Republican Party were ordered to pay all Metcalfe's attorney fees.

In 2006, Metcalfe ran as a Democrat for the sole U.S. House seat from Alaska, coming in second to Diane Benson by receiving 34% of the vote in the Democratic primary.

In 2008 the Republican Moderate Party was dissolved and the Citizens For Ethical Government Inc., a non profit political watchdog group, was created. Metcalfe again declared he was running as a Democrat, this time for the US Senate seat held by Ted Stevens, but he lost in the 2008 Democratic primary.

In 2016, Metcalfe lost his bid to become regional Co-Chair of the Anchorage branch of the Alaska Democratic Party to Joshua Spring by a two to one margin.[1]

In the August 16, 2016 primary, Metcalfe won the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.[2] On November 8, 2016 he placed fourth in the general election behind Murkowski (44%), Libertarian Joe Miller (30%), and Independent Margaret Stock (14%). Metcalfe received 11% of the vote.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Reynolds, Casey (28 March 2016). "Bernie Beat Trump In Alaska And Other Things You Weren't Told". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]

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Party political offices
First Republican Moderate nominee for Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
Raymond VinZant
Preceded by
Scott McAdams
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Alaska
(Class 3)

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