Peninsula Clarion: Race for the Senate 2020: A Q&A with Al Gross

In the upcoming race for one of Alaska’s two seats in the U.S. Senate, Dr. Al Gross is an independent candidate running as the Democratic nominee against incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan. The Clarion interviewed Gross on Friday about his legislative priorities, the economy and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

My biggest priority as Alaska’s next senator is to bring jobs and a vibrant economy back to the state. As you know, Alaska’s had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country for the last four or five years leading up to COVID-19, and we got hit especially hard by COVID-19 because of our complete loss of tourism. I’ve got some really good ideas as to how to reinvigorate our economy, and I grew up in Southeast Alaska, during a time when there was so many opportunities for people in the state and there’s not a lot of hope for the future right now in Alaska. And I want to bring that back.

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