Response to Peggy Wilson's 'Factual Fair'
By Dan Ortiz
October 31, 2016
In response to the 'Factual Fair' op-ed published int he Ketchikan Daily News and the Wrangell Sentinel by former Representative Peggy Wilson, I would like to address the real facts.
A. I have been a registered independent/non-partisan for eight years, beginning six years before running for public office. Before that, I was a registered Republican or Republican Moderate for over 25 years and a registered Democrat for only eight months.
B. Once I was elected as an independent, I was not invited into the Republican Majority. I did not simply choose to join the minority; I had not other choice.
C. Prior to my being elected, and when asked the question of who I would caucus with, I said I would join whoever was in the best interest of District 36. The record shows that is exactly what happened.
D. Because of the group I caucused with in my first term as your legislator, the following things were accomplished for District 36:
E. I have a close working relationship with our Senator Bert Stedman. I regularly seek his advice and opinions on all important votes that impact the state and/or District 36. My voting record closely resembles his, but I have not seen his partisanship questioned.
In closing, my position in the House has allowed me to effectively advocate and vote for the best interests of District 36, and I will continue to do so if re-elected.
Received October 31, 2016 - Published October 31, 2016
About: Dan Ortiz is an independent member of the Alaska House of Representatives, who has since 2015 represented the 36th District. He is running for re-election.
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