I went to Alaska straight after college and lived there for 12 blessed years, and I will never lose my sense of awe of the place. I still say that Juneau, on a sunny day, is a large part of heaven.
I live in Seattle, but I still care about what happens in Alaska because the place is a part of me and always will be. It's still possible to make a difference in Alaska. It's still possible to see the contribution you make. It's still possible to see your impact there - on the land, in the communities, on the institutions. I know Alaskans care about Alaska.
Fran Ulmer believes this. I've known her for over 20 years. I've worked with her on children's, domestic violence, and senior citizens' issues. I've watched her work on timber, fish, and Native rights issues. When Fran decides what needs to be done that's good for Alaska and Alaskans, she listens, learns and figures she can do. When she believes in something, she fights for it. She fights fair, and always hard. She's loves a good battle - loves to think, speak, and stand up for what's important. Her bravery comes from her heart and soul, and because she believes in what needs to be done.
I believe Fran is more prepared to be governor than perhaps any previous gubernatorial candidate in the history of the state. She has worked day in and day out on the state's most crucial issues for more than 25 years. She decided to take on Sen. Murkowski, a formidable foe for sure, because she believes that she can do a better job for Alaska, and because she's tough and brave and committed. She's willing to fight for what she believes in, and when she's doing that, she fights to win. She'll be fair, she'll be honest, and she will win. And that will be great for Alaska and all Alaskans.