As one of Alaska’s longest-serving state legislators, Kerttula left a lasting legacy.
The opponents won’t come running with a legislative solution if either measure is dealt a loss. Instead, we’d expect them to point to the results and claim the people have spoken.
Including the upcoming November state/federal election, plus a special mayoral election and most likely a runoff and then a regular city-wide election and possible mayoral runoff Anchorage voters could end up with five separate elections in less than six months. We ask our city leaders to consider these factors now, and make voters the priority in this situation by saying “no” to requiring a special election.
I always “vote fish” because to me that means voting for healthy oceans and thriving coastal communities. And I always vote for the person, not a party and my voting record reflects that. In more than 30 years as a radio/print reporter for Alaska’s seafood industry, I have never publicly endorsed a candidate.
Disagreement and discourse about policy and political philosophy is part of a healthy democracy, but any politician willing to flagrantly take on or abandon principles in order to chase a result is simply being dishonest.
It seems like every week brings another story about how the Alaska Division of Elections is either mishandling, bungling or biasing this year’s elections because every week does, in fact, bring another story about how the Alaska Division of Elections is either mishandling, bungling or biasing this year’s elections.
And after a blissfully not-at-all-peaceful year for us, Arduin has once again appeared back in Alaska.
“Decisions are being made based on economic and political theories instead of basing them on the realities of everyday Alaskans. What’s the result? Skyrocketing unemployment, an education system that’s hanging on from budget vote to budget vote, and an exodus of a skilled and talented workforce.”
Trust that our elections will be free and fair is the foundation of democracy. We’re not nearly that close to a collapse in Alaska, but it sure feels like the foundation is being chipped away.
Regardless, let’s consider the implications of promises made by the wave of challengers who beat some of Alaska’s most effective fiscal conservatives.