Re-elect Andrea Doll

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008

In my own mind, I have not yet reached the status of "senior citizen." But, chronologically, and as a retiree, I guess that I'm there. So I have to express my admiration for the legislative work that Rep. Andrea Doll has done on behalf of seniors (and, in fact, all Juneau residents and all Alaskans).

Andrea is a vigorous worker in the Legislature and in the community, providing analysis, defining issues and finding solutions to benefit our seniors. For example, in 2007 and 2008, she resolutely supported the public retirement systems to reduce unfunded liability and provide financial security for our teachers and state employees. She also introduced legislation to continue the Alaska Commission on Aging, which is the primary advocacy body for the Home- and Community-based Service Grants Program. That program provides funding for a variety of services, such as home-delivered meals, senior citizen center meals, rides, care coordination, chore assistance, respite care and adult day care.

Doll co-sponsored a bill - now enacted - to ensure that firefighters who put their lives on the line get compensated if dangerous job-related conditions cause disability. She has fought the capital move and "capital creep." She supported several bills that made constructive changes in state law governing business and business practices. She also co-sponsored a bill that rewards fishermen who create new value-added salmon products. And she worked to improve state funding of schools, including money for major renovations of the Auke Bay and Gastineau elementary schools in Juneau.

This list is just a small part of what Andrea has accomplished in the Legislature. She works tirelessly for the benefit of all of us.

So, please join me in re-electing Andrea Doll to the District 4 seat in Alaska's House of Representatives.

Art Peterson


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