May 22, 2004
"I'm running because Ketchikan and other District 1 communities need a new voice, a strong voice, to represent them in the Alaska Legislature," Allen-Herron said. "Our community has a bright future, but challenges remain to strengthen the local economy, better educate our kids, and take care of the needs of our seniors. The only way that these challenges will be met is by legislators working together and finding common ground. That's why I'm running, to make sure the needs of District 1 residents are heard, and are met."
A resident of Ketchikan since 1992, Dawn Allen-Herron, 45, is a minister at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. She is active in Ketchikan Master's Swimming, KRBD public radio, and local area arts groups. She coaches the KayHi Swim and Dive Team, was the founding president of CoastAlaska, and was the board president of KRBD for several years. She has been active in public broadcasting as president of KRBD public radio, and founding president of CoastAlaska, Inc. She is married to Dr. Norman Herron, a pediatrician at Callisto Pediatric Clinic.
Allen-Herron said that Marty West will be her campaign chair. West said, "I have known and worked with Dawn for many years. I am impressed with both her leadership ability and her ability to listen to all sides of an issue. I think she will be a wonderful representative for the community in Juneau."
"My years of working with and listening to Ketchikan residents have given me a clear indication of the issues that are important," Allen-Herron said. "Alaska faces serious choices ahead to balance its budget while protecting the dividend and ensuring essential services. We need to work to create jobs in our community and address regional transportation needs, particularly the Alaska Marine Highway System and IFA. We need to complete the shipyard and the Swan-Tyee intertie. These are just some of the issues that matter to me, and what I want to stand up for as a member of the Legislature. I look forward to discussing these and other issues in the campaign ahead."
District 1 includes Ketchikan, Saxman, Hollis, Meyers Chuck, Thorne Bay, and Coffman Cove.
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