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Dunleavy for Governor

By Jim Minnery


July 17, 2018
Tuesday PM

The 2018 race for Governor could be the most consequential state election in Alaska’s history.  The gravity of Alaska’s problems helps explain why—an economic recession, skyrocketing crime, and a state government that is in a perpetual budget crisis. 

But there’s another big reason this election is unique.  Voters have a chance to elect a candidate with extraordinary strength, skills, and character.  The Board of Directors of Alaska Family Action has voted to endorse Mike Dunleavy for Governor.  Only rarely do we endorse candidates, especially in primary elections.

Mike Dunleavy is the exception, because he’s an exceptional candidate.  We’ve observed Mike Dunleavy closely during his years in public office, especially the five years he served in the State Senate. 

Yes, Dunleavy has solid, conservative values.  But more impressive is his steely determination to move beyond “rhetoric and symbolism,” and actually achieve real policy victories that will make a positive difference in the lives of Alaska families.

There is no better example than Dunleavy’s passionate advocacy for educational choice. In his very first year in the Senate, Dunleavy chose to spearhead a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to implement a real system of school choice in Alaska – empowering parents to select the educational option that works best for their child.

Later on, Dunleavy helped pass a measure to protect parental rights in education, especially the right of parents to withdraw their children from any presentation or instruction that undermines their values.  He also sponsored legislation seeking to prevent groups that profit from doing abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, from having access to children in public schools.

On issue after issue, Dunleavy has been a leader in defending our values and our freedom.  He cosponsored legislation to end public funding for elective abortions.  When Governor Walker tried appointing a radical, transgender activist to the State Commission on Human Rights, Dunleavy voted “no” on confirmation, and the appointment was defeated.

Dunleavy’s campaign website makes the following statement: “During the five years I served in the State Senate, no legislator worked harder to protect families from government overreach, and to defend the rights of parents to raise and educate their children according to their values.”  We can vouch for the truth of that statement.  Mike Dunleavy fought for us—and that’s why we are fighting for him.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll have more to say about the other major candidates in this race, incumbent Governor Bill Walker and likely Democratic nominee Mark Begich.  The contrasts between these two men and former Senator Dunleavy could not be starker.  Pro-life and pro-family voters are blessed to have such a clear and obvious choice – and that’s why we respectfully ask you to join us in supporting Mike Dunleavy for Governor. Standing for Families, 
In His name! 

Jim Minnery, President 
Alaska Family Action 
Anchorage, Alaska

About:This communication was paid for by Alaska Family Action, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska.  I am Jim Minnery, President of Alaska Family Action, Inc., and I approve this message. This NOTICE TO VOTERS is required by Alaska law.  We certify that this communication is not authorized, paid for, or approved by any candidate being endorsed. 


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Received July 16, 2018 - Published July 17, 2018

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