Alaska is at a crossroads. Over the next few years, we must determine how to fund the services Alaskans expect from state government. With declining revenues and no easy solutions on the horizon, Alaska needs a leader who has the skills to bring people together to work out answers to complex problems.
Fran Ulmer is that leader. Over the past 20 years, I have watched her progress from mayor, to legislator to lieutenant governor. During her tenure in the Legislature, I witnessed her skills to reach a consensus among groups with divergent viewpoints. As lieutenant governor, she proved her leadership abilities through work on the Denali Commission, the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, the Oil and Gas Policy Council, and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.
This is my first letter to the editor supporting a political candidate. I took the time to write it because of the important issues facing Alaska and because I know Fran Ulmer can provide the leadership necessary to guide us through this difficult times.