Rural Alaska is a boundless place filled with rich culture and an adventurous spirit. Its people are known for having a certain toughness and a "can do" attitude because of the remote distances and unforgiving environment.
It's these qualities that will help get us through what are expected to be a challenging next couple of years. Amidst a global pandemic, very low oil prices, and multi-billion dollar state deficits...Alaska is at a crossroads. Tough decisions will have to be made, and rural Alaskans have never been shy to step up to the plate.
We are willing to be a part of the solution, but we must ensure that we are not left carrying a disproportionate share of the burden. Many things are at stake including rural Alaska's energy assistance program - commonly referred to as PCE (power-cost-equalization).
I hope to bring my seniority in the House and experience as the chair of the finance committee's operating and capital budgets to the table to defend rural Alaska's interests next January.
I am proud to have visited every one of our 33 communities. And I had plans again this summer to fly my small airplane to each village and walk door-to-door to visit folks. But as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread I am mindful of the risks that such travel would create. Folks can still reach me using the contact information below.
In the meantime, please look through the photo gallery to see pictures during my prior visits. They are organized alphabetically by community. My Aunt Iris is in many of the pictures, and she was an invaluable resource. She created a very detailed family tree, which has been requested by folks throughout the district. It has been great connecting with relatives and meeting with so many of you who also enjoy sharing your family history.
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