Unfailingly polite, respectful

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

As a resident of Juneau since 1985, I've watched legislators come and go, work hard and hardly work. I can say, without hesitation, that Sen. Kim Elton is one of the hardest working, most dedicated, and most caring ones with whom I've had the pleasure to interact.

Sen. Elton has done, and will continue to do, a great job for Juneau. He has worked tirelessly behind the scenes as well as in the public eye to secure funding for Juneau - for land for the Alaska State Museum expansion; for UAS and the Armory; for a Valley high school through the GO Bond package; for the Alaska Marine Highway; and for Juneau's harbors, roads, and sewers. He has fought for Juneau as Alaska's capital and will continue to do so, because it is the right thing not only for Juneau but for all of Southeast as well as all of Alaska, as it is the way to keep power from becoming Anchorage-Railbelt-centralized.

Sen. Elton works effectively across party lines, not something that all legislators are able to do. He is tough while being unfailingly polite and respectful, lessons from his parents and mentors he clearly took to heart from a young age. He passes on those lessons to others through his example, as a strong legislator, a dedicated public servant, and a caring person. Sen. Kim Elton has my vote to remain Juneau's senator, and I would request that you consider his history of service to Juneau as an Assembly Member, representative, and senator as you go to the polls to vote on Nov. 5.

Rebecca Tyson Smith


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