Effective representation

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002

Cathy Muñoz offers Juneau residents the opportunity for real representation in the state Senate. For the past 10 years, Juneau's senator has not been a member of the majority. I will explain why it is important.

In the Alaska Senate, the ability to advance legislation important to your constituency comes largely from your position in the Legislature. As a member of the minority caucus, Kim Elton has been unable to advance legislation. During Elton's tenure in the Senate he has passed only two minor bills, neither of which had much of anything to do with Juneau. Kim Elton runs on experience, but his record is clear. Don't take my word for it, check it out at http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/

Most importantly, though, Juneau's minority senator has been unable to block legislation which threatens Juneau. While Juneau has been represented by a minority senator, one bill to move the Legislature to Anchorage actually made it to the Senate floor for a vote.

In the House, Bill Hudson, as a member of the majority, was able to block all attempts to bring capital move bills to the floor.

Juneau needs to be served by a senator who can advance legislation that is important to our community. And we need a person who can block legislation that hurts us.

Juneau needs a senator who as a majority member is able to work on the development of the budget, not one who simply reacts to it after it has reached the Senate floor. Juneau can no longer afford ineffective representation.

We need to elect Cathy Muñoz to the state Senate and get the representation we need, for Juneau, for our future.

Jerry Burnett


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