Sivertsen Seeks Seat in Alaska House
March 19, 2016
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Life-long Alaskan Bob Sivertsen has filed for election to the Alaska House of Representatives. The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Running as a Republican, he points out there are advantages in being affiliated with the majority caucus. When it comes to getting things done, “I believe in being part of the solution, not part of the problem”, Sivertsen stated.
Sivertsen, 65, is now serving a third three-year term on the Ketchikan City Council. He has also served as past board chair of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, State Pioneer Advisory Board chair, and a member of the Alaska Commission on Aging. He is a member of the Ketchikan government cooperative relations board, marijuana advisory board, library advisory board and legislative committee.
Quoting a news release, Sivertsen looks forward to applying his knowledge of local government operations, budgets, and infrastructure to benefit the communities in House District 36.
His parents were Margaret and Olaf (George) Sivertsen. His mother was an Aleut and as a child of fifteen, she attended school at the Wrangell Institute. She returned to Prince William Sound and later moved back to Southeast. Bob’s father was born in Wrangell, where his grandfather commercially fished on halibut schooners. His mother and father met in Ketchikan, married, and never left. Bob Sivertsen was born and raised in Ketchikan, where he met and married Terry, his wife of forty-one years. They have two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.
Fresh out of school Bob worked for the Ketchikan Spruce Mill, then moved on to work for the City of Ketchikan, where he spent thirty-eight years as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in the City Public Works Department. During those years he was involved in numerous capacities with local sports and benevolent organizations.
Alaska House District 36 is currently held by Representative Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan. Ortiz, the only Independent in the Alaska State Legislature, was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in November 2014.
Southeast Alaska House District 36 embraces Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Meyers Chuck, Loring and Hyder.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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