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Dan Ortiz for Alaska House

By Peter Stanton


November 02, 2016
Wednesday PM

About 40% of Americans do not identify as either Republicans or Democrats. In Alaska, where we pride ourselves on our independence, a full 58% of us are not registered to either party. That's one of the highest rates of political independence of any state in the country.

However, in a state where so many of us do not subscribe to a political party, 98.3% of our state legislators come from the major parties. Only 1 out of 60 is an independent—Dan Ortiz.

In 2014, the voters of District 36 chose Dan Ortiz to represent us as an independent Alaskan, and the benefits have shown. Dan hasn't spent any of his time or energy promoting party talking points or pursuing a partisan agenda. Instead, Dan has given all his effort in listening to us, working for us, and voting in our best interests.

Whether it's by phone, email, or in person, Dan responds to questions, concerns, and requests quickly and vigorously. It's clear from all he's done to promote our communities and preserve essential funding for services we depend on that he serves no one's interests but our own. As long as we elect him, Dan will always work for us.

If this year's presidential election teaches us anything, it should be that the two major parties often don't provide us with a choice of candidates that we need, or that we deserve. The majority of Alaskans don't want to join either political party, but we almost always have to choose between their candidates.

This year, as in 2014, we have a golden opportunity to vote for a different option—a candidate who listens only to us, not party insiders; a candidate who will continue working only for our communities, not special interests in Juneau, Anchorage, or anywhere else.

Please join me in voting for Dan Ortiz on November 8th.

Peter Stanton
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received November 01, 2016 - Published November 02, 2016

About: "Peter Stanton grew up in Ketchikan and works as a teacher with KIC's Tribal Scholars Program and at Ketchikan High School."


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