As a teacher and president of Alaska’s largest professional union, my highest priority is student learning. We, who think first and foremost about our students when we vote, are looking for one quality above all others: courage. Courage to right our fiscal ship and make difficult decisions for our students and state. In my view, only one candidate for governor has displayed that characteristic time and time again — Gov. Bill Walker.
Faced with a $3.7 billion deficit as he came into office, Walker has reduced that figure to $700 million. His focus on a long-term fiscal plan has saved Alaska from a deep recession. Reversing our state’s financial woes took courage beyond what any Alaska governor has had to display in recent memory.