Recently, an Anchorage columnist dubbed me a “great Alaskan” and said I should be “revered.” He’s wrong about one thing: I should not be revered; I should be elected.
I would not be running for governor if I did not believe I am the most qualified person to lead Alaskans as we face tough challenges; challenges exacerbated by our current governor. Most pressing is deficit spending that will deplete our savings in five years, energy costs that are eating up Alaskans’ disposable income, and education cuts that hurt kids.
He went so far as to call me “irrelevant.” Tell that to the thousands of Alaskans who have seen me work on the frontlines for 50 years to make Alaska a better place. Tell that to the thousands who have joined our campaign. Tell that to the companies, non-profits, and governors who have asked me to serve on a board or run a business or manage a state agency, including the Permanent Fund, Sealaska Corporation, Alaska Airlines, the Federal Reserve or the Department of Community and Regional Affairs.
No, I might not “light the stage on fire.” My approach is rooted in an upbringing and culture of respect and listening, not self-promotion. I don’t apologize for those values. What’s required of an effective governor is not a blazing presence, but a burning desire to make Alaska a better place. No one who knows me doubts my lifelong passion for Alaska and its people, a passion that is, indeed, still on fire.
Candidate for Governor