This morning newly announced Democrat candidate for Congress Steve Lindbeck sent out an email titled “Why I’m Running For Congress.” Sending such a message to introduce yourself to voters is a standard procedure for statewide campaigns. As their campaigns began to mobilize in recent weeks U.S. Senate candidates Margaret Stock and Sen. Lisa Murkowski wrote similarly titled messages.
Here is what Lindbeck had to say:
My name is Steve Lindbeck – and if you got a chance to read Senator Begich’s email on Thursday or watch the news, you might’ve heard that I just announced my campaign for Congress against Don Young.
Before the race gets into full swing, I wanted to get the chance to tell you a little bit about who I am and what we’ll be fighting for in this campaign.
When I was just 9, I moved to Kodiak after my father was stationed on the island’s military base – and I’ve loved Alaska and the people of our state ever since.
Whether it was covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill as a journalist, working on community projects in towns and villages across the state as executive director of the Alaska Humanities Forum, or running Alaska Public Media as general manager, I’ve been dedicated to solving problems and bringing people together to make our state a better place to live.
Over the years, I’ve seen Alaska change dramatically – today, our economy is struggling, and our families and communities are hurting. The old way of doing things just isn’t working anymore. And while oil and gas will still be an important part of our economy, it’s time to look ahead and build a new chapter for Alaska’s economic future.
But our work doesn’t stop there. It also means making sure that all Alaskans have access to the opportunity that makes the American dream possible.
Whether that’s fighting for equal pay for equal work, an education system that doesn’t leave students buried in debt, a woman’s right to choose, or full protection under the law for LGBTQ Americans –I’ll stand strong for our values in Congress.
This campaign is only just beginning, and in the weeks and months ahead, I’m looking forward to getting a chance to share my story – but more importantly, to hear your story too.
I’ll see you on the campaign trail soon.