My grandfather, Kelly Lape, moved to Alaska after the depression, and labored as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver - a Teamster, among other things.
He earned a living wage and a healthy pension. He always told me to vote Democrat because they fight for decent wages and jobs. He was right. I have my own reasons to vote for Democrats, but now with a child of my own I remember my grandfather's advice to fight for Alaska's future.
Do yourself a favor and take a look at Frank Murkowski's voting records: http://www.vote-smart.org. The Teamsters, the AFL-CIO, teachers, firefighters, government employees - Murkowski rates a zero by practically every group of working people that organizes!
My daughter needs a quality education and a chance for a job that pays a living wage. That's why I am voting for Fran Ulmer and writing this letter in the spirit of the labor movement: "Early to bed, early to rise, fight like hell and organize."
Beth Lape Nordlund
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