In 1984 I was in my second term in the Legislature representing the rural communities of Southeast when Fran Ulmer was elected to the House. I watched her very closely from her first day in office. She sat next to me.
Later I watched Fran's efforts at legislative leadership and observed her conduct as lieutenant governor.
For a number of years I have been registered as a non-partisan voter, but I am going to vote for Fran Ulmer. Here are some reasons why I urge you to do the same.
Fran is a truly upright and honest person. At the same time, she knows the political ropes in this state, and plays the game of politics effectively.
She has not been isolated or distant from our problems. She has not compromised us in behalf of outside corporations. She has spent her working life demonstrating her commitment to serving Alaska's communities and residents.
She embraces consensus whenever possible, yet fights hard when necessary. She served as the mayor of Juneau with distinction, and likewise in the office of Republican Gov. Jay Hammond, another honest public servant.
Fran's record is very well documented. She actually cares about the people who live in Alaska - the citizens, us. She has demonstrated this with years of action.
I am writing to those of you who want a governor who will concentrate on the needs of the people who live here in the winter when the snow needs to be plowed.
This will be a close election. Your vote and those of your friends and family are badly needed.