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Erica Martinson, Alaska Dispatch News, Aug. 12, 2016 - "Margaret Stock arrived at the Division of Elections in Anchorage at 10 a.m. Friday with a thick stack of papers containing, she said, twice the number of signatures required to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Stock said she collected the roughly 5,700 signatures across the state, hitting the Golden Days festival in Fairbanks and campaigning near her cabin in McCarthy on the Fourth of July. She gathered signatures in Haines, Soldotna, Homer and Ketchikan, among other places, and plans to visit more supporters in Barrow and across the state soon. Some people stopped in at her law firm in Anchorage to sign the petition, Stock said. ... Stock's central campaign theme has been focused on her "independent" status — that she's not beholden to the Republican or the Democratic party. ... The "two parties are at each other's throats" and Congress is dysfunctional, Stock said Friday. She argues that her party-free message will appeal to Alaskans dissatisfied with Washington. ... Stock said she's banking a bit on getting viral attention for her popular online campaign ad, wherein she ends a game of red-versus-blue tug of war with a chainsaw. Stock said the chainsaw is hers — a bit of a family joke from the year her husband forgot her birthday but happened to show up at the house with a new chainsaw." [Stock was the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant' Fellowship.]