I've lived in Juneau since 1975, the same year I opened my business in downtown Juneau where I spent the better part of the past 27 years.
Cathy Muñoz and I were shop owners in close proximity to each other for 13 years. We targeted the same customers and carried similar merchandise. For some reason, though, I never regarded Cathy as a competitor. I thought of her as a hardworking, honest retailer, a great neighbor and an asset to Juneau's historic business community.
Business owners and legislators have a lot in common. Businesses compete fiercely with each other for customers, products, staff, location and visibility.
Legislators compete for funding for projects for their home districts, leadership positions and a variety of benefits for their communities.
In both cases, success depends on how effective one is dealing with people.
When we are skilled at working well with others, we all succeed. When we disrespect each other, everyone loses and our reputation suffers.
When Cathy asked me to chair her campaign for state Senate, I never hesitated saying yes. Do I know a lot about politics? No, but I do know that Cathy Muñoz' ability to work cooperatively with people is unmatched.
It's no secret that Juneau needs all the friends it can get. Cathy Muñoz would be a tremendous asset to Juneau and to Alaska and I hope you join in voting for her for state Senate on Nov. 5.