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Why I believe in Sheila Finkenbinder

By Paula Spreter


September 23, 2016
Friday AM

After working for four governors and two legislators with the State of Alaska, I was privileged to retire and enjoy the life of travel in a truck and 5th wheel trailer.

When Sheila announced she was running for the Alaska State House, I immediately and sincerely offered my services to help with her campaign. Shortly thereafter, I packed up, put my trailer in storage and headed to Sitka as her campaign manager.

Sheila is the one for the job in Alaska State House of Representatives. She has the ability to lead, listen and make decisions. I ve seen her in many situations and her lack of fear when it comes to jumping in, contributing, and remaining until the completion of whatever task, project, etc. is at hand. She then stays on to ensure the continued success of the endeavor.

She wants the true story and isn t afraid to tackle uncomfortable topics to get to the bottom of the issue. I really appreciate that about her. She doesn t need to gloss over the facts. As a matter of fact, by the time she s diligently researched and reviewed many sources; the facts she presents literally speak for themselves very clearly.

She is adept at listening to what others are saying and taking that information and creating wonderful opportunities. This goes from individuals to the community and more. Her history and experience prove this is true. So many people in the Sitka area have benefited from Sitka Works/Sitka Business Center. Many businesses she helped to create are still going strong today. Even I benefitted with her suggestions concerning my future. Which unbeknownst to us at the time, included her run for the Alaska State House of Representatives.

Sheila Finkenbinder is the person who can lead District 35 as a Representative. She ll chair at least one committee and will be listened to by the majority. Something her opponent (who did not join the bi-partisan majority) will be unable to do. It is critical for Southeast Alaska to have someone who can actually get things accomplished.

Paula Spreter
Sitka, Alaska

Received September 22, 2016 - Published September 23, 2016

About: "I am a retired State of Alaska employee. I worked for four governors and two legislators."




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