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I am grateful to be running for State House in District 10 because I believe we need a voice of reason to counter deep political division. My experience as a U.S. diplomat has provided the backdrop for a continued desire to serve our community and state.
We all have a story to share and I have seen a lot throughout my thirty years in the Foreign Service. After some of my closest friends were lost when a bomb ripped through our Africa Embassy in 1998, I developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It took a decade to receive the help I needed. This is how I came to understand my father’s suffering as a veteran and Prisoner of War who was captured by the Nazis. Unfortunately, he was not diagnosed with PTSD until the age of 90 and after enduring 75 years of physical and emotional pain. Initially, my interest in running for office grew from internal motivation to improve veteran access to mental health services. However, today my focus has expanded.
Given the current pandemic and declining state revenue, there is no denying that we are in challenging times. As your representative, I will support the services that impact Alaskans every day, to include public education, health care and COVID-19 economic relief, as well as veteran services. This is why it is so important that District 10 finally takes a seat at the table in Juneau.
I appreciate that you are making the effort to be informed about our community and our campaign. I understand how busy you are. No matter where you stand on community issues, we can make our lives better by working together!
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