Raymond B. "Vic" Vickers is an American historian, author, and lawyer. He was a Republican Party candidate for the United States Senate seat held by incumbent Ted Stevens of Alaska.
Vickers is the former assistant State Comptroller, a lawyer, author, and owner of Florida-based maritime company Eller & Co. Vickers grew up and worked in Florida, moving to Alaska with his wife and two children in January 2008. They now reside in a home located in the Turnagain neighborhood of Anchorage. Vickers has encountered criticism for his extremely short residency in Alaska, but has countered with the assertion that over the course of his life he has spent a considerable amount of time in the state. Vickers says that he hitchhiked to Alaska as a college student in 1970, working for two years as an aide to Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice George Boney. Vickers also states that he has spent time in Alaska almost every summer since then, and is writing a book about the state's corruption problems.
The Alaska Republican primary took place on August 26, 2008. Vickers said he was prepared to spend $750,000 of his own money to beat Ted Stevens, and bought up all the statewide television airtime he could for his ads; in the end the amount he spent was closer to one million. Vickers was a registered Democrat in Florida, though has filed to run as a Republican in Alaska.
Vickers has a Ph.D in economic history from Florida State University, and authored the 2007 book "Panic in Paradise: Florida's Banking Crash of 1926". Also, a book in 2011 called "Panic in the Loop: Chicago's Banking Crisis of 1932"