Notes from the Campaign Trail: May 15

Dear Alaskans —

Congratulations to all the high school seniors graduating this month across Alaska!

I believe in a strong public education system and will work to empower public schools with the tools they need to support students as they work to become successful adults. I attended public school as did Monica and my four kids. In fact, I will be attending my 42nd reunion at Juneau Douglas High School this summer (go Crimson Bears!).

Alaska has been battling budget cuts to education and teacher benefits year after year. This must end. Education is one of the most robust predictors of economic growth rates. I will fight for education funding on the federal level while maintaining autonomy of states and school districts.

This last week I participated in a candidate forum at Dena’ina Center hosted by the Petroleum Club. It was a great opportunity to present my vision for Alaska. I said in my opening speech, “I’m a doctor, a commercial fisherman, father of four, and a lifelong Alaskan. Alaska is an independent state, and we need a strong, independent voice to represent us in Washington. Someone who wants to work for you and is serious about getting great things done for Alaska and for our country. I am excited to be a strong, independent voice for Alaska.”

 Photo Credit: Associated Press

Pro-choice rallies continue across Alaska and America. Monica and I participated in a rally in Wasilla on Saturday. A woman’s right to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions is one that I strongly support. Sometimes these decisions are very complicated and difficult. As a physician I trust a woman to make these choices for herself with her medical provider. I believe abortion should be rare, but it should be legal and safe.

I was honored to receive the endorsement from the National Organization of Women Political Action Committee this last week. As Alaska’s congressman I will fight for reproductive and constitutional equality for all.

Next week I will be back on the road, traveling to Juneau and Petersburg and the week after to Ketchikan, Sitka and Kodiak. You can follow my travels on Facebook. I look forward to talking with Alaskans and hearing their questions and concerns.

And most important of all VOTE!

  • Special Primary ballots must be postmarked by June 11.
  • The Special election on August 16.
  • The General Primary election is also on August 16.

Thank you,

Al Gross