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Begich Rolls Out Youth Plan

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/22/2014

ANCHORAGE — Mark Begich knows that access to good paying jobs, affordable education opportunities and job training programs are some of the most essential pieces to achieving the American dream, which is why he has made these issues a top priority in the Senate for both current and future generations.

This is the tenth policy plan Begich has released since August because Begich understands that Alaskans expect their elected officials to outline detailed plans for the future and answer tough questions.

Specifically, Begich is focused on working to make college affordable, lower student loan rates, create accessible job training programs, and expand technical education options.

DOWNLOAD THE PLAN HERE

As someone who started and ran several small businesses, Mark knows there are many paths to success and traditional educational programs don’t always provide all of the skills Alaskans need:

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“A quality education should be within reach for all Alaskans – regardless of economic background. As the father of a young son, I know the importance of providing both early education in addition to job training programs and an affordable college education. Alaskans deserve these opportunities and I am committed to fighting for them in a second term in the U.S. Senate,” said Senator Mark Begich.

 

During his first term in the Senate, Mark has pushed for affordable college and technical education options, lower student loan rates, and accessible job training programs that lead directly to employment, but there’s still more work to do.

Making College More Affordable

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have parents or family members who can finance their education for them. In his second term, Mark will continue to fight so that Alaskans who pursue a higher education aren’t saddled with debt for years.

Mark Begich will:

  • Push for lower student loan rates and equal treatment for student loans as big banks;
  • Allow students to refinance their loans;
  • Restore equal loan access to Alaskans seeking an advanced degree;
  • Expand work-study programs and summer employment;

Expanding Educational Opportunity for Alaskans

Mark knows getting a good paying job in Alaska’s dynamic economy often may require technical skills specific to one position or industry, like mining or petroleum engineering for new projects in NPR-A or the Arctic- and we need to fill these jobs with home-grown talent.

Mark Begich will:

  • Protect education choices and promote workforce development programs;
  • Expand veterans’ educational opportunity;
  • Ease veterans’ transition to private sector employment;
  • Strengthen Post-9/11 GI Bill for apprenticeships, on-the job training programs,and educational materials;senate
  • Create additional job training programs targeted to Alaska industries like timber, oil production, and fishing;
  • Advance Alaska Native priorities.

 

Promoting Career Choice and Income Security

Alaskans are hard workers willing to put in the time and effort to prepare themselves. Some Alaskans, like Mark, want to become entrepreneurs or small business owners, which requires different resources and skills.

 

Mark Begich will:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10;
  • Fully fund Americorps;
  • Support young entrepreneurship through small initial loans;
  • Expand loan forgiveness programs for skilled professionals, like doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors, to serve in rural and high need areas.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/22/2014
ANCHORAGE —  The Koch brothers latest attack ad can’t change the fact that Mark Begich has the best attendance record of the Alaska Delegation at 95.5%, a fact proven by the Alaska Dispatch News.

“It’s no shock that the Koch brothers are lying and attempting to mislead Alaskans in the last few days of this election. The Kochs want to buy Alaska’s Senate seat so Dan Sullivan can do their bidding in the U.S. Senate. Alaskans see through the false attacks and know Mark Begich works every day for Alaska and is the only candidate who will stand up for Alaska values and Alaskans,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

 

Outside interests like the Koch brothers have spent millions against Mark Begich in an attempt to buy Alaska’s Senate seat for Dan Sullivan. Dark money and shadow groups run by the Koch’s have run ads in Alaska that independent fact check organizations have labeled as “false” and “not true” – ads that are similar to the Kochs most recent ad which wrongly accuses Mark Begich of “missing work.”

The billionaire Koch brothers have spent millions on ads in Alaska so far and have pledged millions more. The Kochs cut and run on Alaska when they shuttered the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole, killing 80 Alaska jobs, raising taxes on Alaskans, raising the price of asphalt and attempting to leave behind toxic groundwater.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/22/2014

ANCHORAGE — U.S. Senator Mark Begich is highlighting his efforts to deliver for Fairbanks and the Interior in his latest radio ad.

“Mark Begich has fought for Interior Alaska and Fairbanks because he knows its strategic military importance, role as a hub of Alaska resource development and economic growth opportunities. Begich fought to keep the F-16s at Eielson, worked to get two new squadrons of F-35s, fought the EPA over the Tanana River bridge and battled to keep the missile silos at Fort Greely. In a second term, Mark Begich will continue to fight for Alaskans and use his clout to deliver for Interior Alaska,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Mark Begich has received support from many leaders in the Interior of Alaska and Alaskans for Begich has released several ads focused on his record of work and support from the region. Three Mayors features Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and former Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker. Four Stars, features retired combat veteran Troy Bouffard discussing Begich’s work to keep the F-16s at Eielson. Big Fan features Fairbanks Council Member Renee Staley sharing her story of working with Begich in a bipartisan manner to help bring well-paying jobs to the region.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BEST CHOICE

Transcript of Best Choice:

Narrator: Who’s the best choice to be Alaska’s Senator? You can look around Fairbanks to see the answer. Mark Begich worked with Lisa and Don to keep our F-16s at Eielson, saving 3,000 jobs. Mark even held up an Air Force General’s 4th star when the Pentagon was dragging its feet. And Begich worked with Lisa and Don to get Eielson two new squadrons of F-35s, which means even more jobs. Mark fought the Obama Administration to save the missile silos at Fort Greely, to restart the Healy clean coal plant, and he forced the EPA to approve the Tanana River bridge. And Mark Begich took on Obama to open up drilling in the Arctic, bringing a billion dollars in new investments and over 500 jobs to Alaska. Now Mark is working to bring a natural gas system to Fairbanks, to reduce our energy prices. Mark Begich, delivering for Fairbanks, doing what’s right for Alaskans.

Begich: I’m Mark Begich, running for U.S. Senate, and I approve this message

Narrator: Paid for by Alaskans for Begich

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/20/2014

ANCHORAGE– Mark Begich highlights his accomplishments as mayor of Anchorage, his hometown and Alaska’s largest city, including his work to create 9,000 jobs, the elimination of a $33 million deficit he inherited when he entered office, and work to make Anchorage a safer city through increased public safety officers.

The ad also features his successes as Senator to bring improved care to Alaska’s veterans, help our schools get out from under the strict regulations of No Child Left Behind and to fix the health care law so that it works for Alaskans. Throughout his career, Mark Begich has established the reputation of someone who will go anywhere and work with anyone, no matter the party affiliation, to do what is best for Alaskans.

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Transcript of “Work With Anyone“:

Narrator: What was Mark Begich’s real record as mayor? Over 9,000 new jobs. He eliminated a $33 million dollar deficit and invested in police, firefighters, and schools. Then as senator he took on Obama to fix Alaska’s VA, exempt our schools from No Child Left Behind, and is taking responsibility for fixing the health care law so it works for Alaska.

Begich: I’m Mark Begich and I approve this message because I will go anywhere and work with anyone to do what’s right for Alaskans.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/20/2014

ANCHORAGE–Early Voting starts today across Alaska and Alaskans are heading to the polls in support of Mark Begich. Voters gathered at rallies across Alaska at 7:00 a.m. this morning to support Mark Begich and to go cast their votes as polls opened.

“On a morning where Anchorage saw its first snow, Juneau got a dose of liquid sunshine and Barrow faced down a snowstorm, Alaskans put on their jackets, Xtratufs and parkas to start getting out the vote for Mark Begich. Election Day starts today,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Voters looking to locate their early vote sites or Election Day polling locations can go to vote.markbegich.com, an online hub that centralizes voting information. Alaskans are able to download a vote by mail form, learn more about voting early and locate their Election Day polling location.

Alaska voters can also call in to the Alaska Democrats Voter Hotline Number: 1-866-401-1086

Press 1 for information about voting

Press 2 for problems at the polls

Press 3 to request a ride.

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“What I Like About Mark Is That He’ll Go Anywhere And Work With Anyone To Do What’s Right For Alaskans”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/20/2014

ANCHORAGE– Alaskans for Begich new radio ad features Denis LeBlanc, a top official in the mayoral administrations of both George Wuerch and Mark Begich and 30-year oil industry veteran.  LeBlanc sets the record straight about Mark Begich’s tenure as mayor citing Begich’s work to eliminate a $33 million budget deficit and increased investments in police, firefighters, new roads and schools.

Alaska’s airwaves are inundated with millions of dollars in misleading attacks funded by Outside groups like Dan Sullivan’s parents, the billionaire Koch brothers, and Karl Rove in an attempt buy Alaska’s senate seat. “Begich Delivered As Mayor” highlights Mark Begich’s work as mayor and as Alaska’s U.S. Senator, where he’s consistently stood up to his party and worked across the aisle to deliver results for his constituents.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “BEGICH DELIVERED AS MAYOR”

Transcript of “Begich Delivered As Mayor“:

Denis LeBlanc: My name is Denis LeBlanc and I was a top official in both Republican George Wuerch and Mark Begich’s mayoral administrations. I also spent 30 years in the oil industry, where what you do matters more than what you say. These Outside attack ads are saying a lot of misleading things about Mark Begich’s record as mayor. But I can tell you what Mark actually did was eliminate the $33 million budget deficit he inherited. He balanced the budget every year. Kept property taxes in check. And invested in police, firefighters, new roads and schools. And Mark Begich took that same “get it done” approach to the Senate . . .where he fought Obama to open the Arctic for drilling, fix Alaska’s VA and exempt Alaska schools from No Child Left Behind. What I like about Mark is that he’ll go anywhere and work with anyone to do what’s right for Alaskans.

Begich: I’m Mark Begich, running for U.S. Senate and I approve this message.

Narrator: Paid for by Alaskans for Begich.

Read the ad backup here.

Read the Politico story below:

Begich ad, presser pushing back on mayoral record

10/20/14 1:00 PM EDT

Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich will begin pushing back on attacks aimed at his tenure as Anchorage mayor today with a new TV and radio ad.

Begich will hold a press conference with Anchorage residents at 2 p.m. AKDT today at the intersection of Tudor Road and Lake Otis Boulevard. He helped make the once-dangerous intersection safe, and locals will thank him for redevelopment efforts.

The freshman senator is responding after heavy outside spending attacks that accused him of leaving a fiscal mess behind when he got elected to the Senate in 2008.

Begich’s campaign had thought the attacks would not stick: Much of the state’s population lives in or around its biggest city, and he was perceived as an effective mayor six years ago when he edged then-Sen. Ted Stevens.

But there have been enough points behind the line of attack that he is debuting a TV and radio ad, both shared first with POLITICO. A flyer at the presser will offer a long list of things he got done for the city as mayor.

In the TV ad, produced by Mark Putnam, a narrator asks, “What was Mark Begich’s real record as mayor?”

“Over 9,000 new jobs, he eliminated a $33 million deficit and invested in police firefighters and schools,” the narrator says. “Then, as senator, he took on Obama to fix Alaska’s VA, exempt our schools from No Child Left Behind and is taking responsibility for fixing the health care law so it works for Alaska.”

In the radio ad, Denis LeBlanc, a top adviser to both Begich and Republican Mayor George Wuerch, defends his record.

“I also spent 30 years in the oil industry, where what you do matters more than what you say,” LeBlanc says. “These outside attack ads are saying a lot of misleading things about Mark Begich’s record as mayor. But I can tell you what Mark actually did was eliminate the $33-million budget deficit he inherited. He balanced the budget every year, kept property taxes in check and invested in police, firefighters, new roads and schools.”

LeBlanc says Begich took the same “get it done” approach to the Senate: “He fought Obama to open the Arctic for drilling, fix Alaska’s VA and exempt Alaska schools from No Child Left Behind. What I like about Mark is that he’ll go anywhere and work with anyone to do what’s right for Alaskans.”

Watch the ad here.

— James Hohmann

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/18/2014

ANCHORAGE– Mark Begich has earned the endorsement of The Tundra Drums for re-election to the United States Senate. The Tundra Drums was established in 1974 and publishes the news of Bethel and the surrounding Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Here’s What the Tundra Drums Had to Say About Why They’re Supporting Mark Begich:

“A good public servant is a good negotiator; and in the give-and-take environment of the U.S. Senate, Begich has performed admirably by delivering on his commitments and promises to work hard and staying focused on the needs of his constituents.”

 

“Sen. Begich is proving to be a very effective advocate for rural Alaskans. He’s there fighting for traditions and cultures that are so important to the residents and to the identity of Alaskans. His effectiveness can be judged in the terms of the Washington gridlock. Sen. Begich has never lost sight of the fact that he was elected to represent Alaskans and to do what a good senator must do to be effective.”

 

“Sen. Begich remains true to the independent nature of Alaskans who are not bound to various political philosophies that hamper effectiveness in the delivery of results for Alaskans.”

Read the full endorsement below:

Thunder from the Tundra

Op-Ed

The race for the U.S. Senate is an important one for rural Alaskans and that’s why we’re making an early endorsement of incumbent Mark Begich. We think that Sen. Begich is the best candidate and deserves our support in his bid for reelection. We have an investment in the senator and he has an investment in rural Alaskans. It’s a win-win for all Alaskans!

A good public servant is a good negotiator; and in the give-and-take environment of the U.S. Senate, Begich has performed admirably by delivering on his commitments and promises to work hard and staying focused on the needs of his constituents. There are two ways to measure delivery; one is by tangible results and the other way is through advocacy.

Under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the senator has delivered on his promise to fight for much needed funding for projects in the Bethel census area. As of the end of December 2013, $116 million had been awarded and more is sure to come. Then there’s the effort to secure funding for better communications via broadband. Again under the Recovery Act, $88 million was awarded to help finance the TERRA SW project. The funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will improve local and long-distance telephony, wireless, video, Internet and data communications throughout the state. In this era of globalization, better communications is not a luxury but a need if the 58 communities in the Y-K area are to improve the quality of life for local residents.

The other way to judge results is by advocacy effectiveness. Sen. Begich is proving to be a very effective advocate for rural Alaskans. He’s there fighting for traditions and cultures that are so important to the residents and to the identity of Alaskans. His effectiveness can be judged in the terms of the Washington gridlock. Sen. Begich has never lost sight of the fact that he was elected to represent Alaskans and to do what a good senator must do to be effective. That means walking across to the other side of the aisle and negotiating in the best interests of his constituency. The senator has developed a reputation of a person who is willing to cross the aisle without regard to partisanship or national politics. Sen. Begich remains true to the independent nature of Alaskans who are not bound to various political philosophies that hamper effectiveness in the delivery of results for Alaskans.

We sincerely believe that given another term as U.S. Senator, Mark Begich will perform more effectively and deliver on the funding needs that are so critical to Alaska’s development. With another term, Sen. Begich will add seniority and thus more influence and effectiveness. Out of 100 senators, Sen. Begich is now 63 in seniority and with several retirements this year, he will be even higher when the new term starts in January. This bodes well for Alaska’s needs and wants for federal funding of public projects that are so critically needed in this new era of globalization. We endorse Sen. Mark Begich’s reelection.

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Board of Directors Voted Unanimously To Endorse Begich for Re-election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/18/2014

ANCHORAGE– Senator Mark Begich is honored to receive the endorsement of the Cordova District Fishermen United (CDFU) for re-election to represent Alaska in the United States Senate. The CDFU represents 300 members and 1,000 fishing families in Prince William Sound. Senator Mark Begich has been a tireless advocate for Alaska’s fishing industry, using his clout as the chairman of the Senate Fisheries Committee and as a member of the Appropriations Committee to continue delivering results for Alaskans in a second term.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Cordova District Fishermen United. The Cordova fleet is one of Alaska’s most famous, when tough times were thrown their way they showed strength and resilience. Just as they have done, I will continue to fight for Alaska’s fishing industry to make sure their jobs and fisheries are protected,” said Senator Mark Begich.

CDFU is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating the commercial fishery in Area E. CDFU has a board of 13 experienced commercial fishing permit holders in 4 separate divisions: Gillnet, Groundfish, Seine and Herring.

Here’s what CDFU had to say about Mark Begich:

Mark Begich Chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard and sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee.  This position enables Senator Begich to:

  • Advocate for the best interest of Alaskans in the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act.
  • Fight to prevent the expiration of double escort tug requirement for PWS tanker traffic.
  • Worked with CDFU and industry to temporarily extend exemptions for end-user permits required to purchase Explosive Pest Control Devices (seal bombs).
  • Achieve and extend the waiver for small vessel discharge requirements and fight for permanent exemption.
  • Maintain firm opposition to the Pebble Mine.
  • Achieve labeling requirements for GMO salmon.
  • Protect Alaska’s reputation for seafood sustainability in the face of meaningless but damaging third party certifications.
  • Support NPFMC efforts to address Chinook Salmon and Halibut bycatch in Bering Sea and GOA trawl fisheries.
  • Support legislation to increase loan amounts to assist young fishermen in entering the commercial fisheries.
  • Increase home-porting for NOAA and Coast Guard vessels in Alaska.

For these reasons CDFU has chosen to join UFA and other industry organization within Alaska in the endorsement of Mark Begich for the United States Senate.

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Begich Debuts Oil and Gas Plan in Fairbanks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/17/2014

ANCHORAGE– At a press conference in Fairbanks, Mark Begich rolled out his comprehensive plan for expanding oil and gas development in Alaska to bring reduced energy costs to Alaska, make sure Alaska gets its fair share of resource dollars, create good paying jobs in Alaska communities and set a path to expand resource development during his second term in the U.S. Senate.

Begich successfully battled federal regulators and the Obama Administration to open federal lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the Arctic Ocean to new development opportunities. In the last six years America’s production of oil exceeded imports for the first time in nearly 20 years.

DOWNLOAD BEGICH’S OIL AND GAS PLAN HERE

“Alaska’s oil and gas reserves are unparalleled and vast, with enormous potential for responsible production in ANWR, the NPR-A, and offshore in the Arctic. I’ve successfully worked to open up CD-5 for development in the NPR-A for the first time and  – with this oil and gas plan – will build on that success in a second term. I’ll continue to go head to head with the administration to see that these resources are developed and  Alaska families and communities benefit from the good paying jobs created and the economic stability that comes with increased development,” said Senator Mark Begich.

DOWNLOAD BEGICH’S OIL AND GAS PLAN HERE

Alaska’s oil and gas reserves are enormous and unmatched: 35 billion barrels of oil and 161 trillion cubic feet of natural gas exist in Alaska’s most promising prospects in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Production in Alaska’s offshore Arctic waters alone could last for 50 years and generate 54,000 jobs nationwide, and Mark will continue to fight to increase exploration and production in our state.

Mark’s accomplishments include pushing for the establishment of the Alaska Inter-Agency Energy Working Group that straightened out two years worth of red tape and issued permits for the CD-5 project, the first in the NPR-A.  ConocoPhillips has invested $450 million in construction in the NPR-A and the project will add 16,000 barrels/day at peak production by the end of 2015.

Mark Has: Brought Important Progress in Alaska Exploration

After 25 years of Alaska pushing to expand production opportunity, Mark fought the Obama administration to permit oil and gas exploration in Alaska’s waters off the North Slope and allow work to get underway in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA):

  • Expand and build off of development in CD-5 in NPR-A
  • Champion for Greater Moose’s Tooth-1
  • Fought for the Kuukpik Corp to develop the CD-5 Spur Road
  • Stood up for a Comprehensive NPR-A Area Plan balancing subsistence and development

Fix Broken Bureaucracy to Spur Development

Mark believes there needs to be an open public process to ensure safety and transparency, but companies willing to take the risk of developing Alaska Arctic oil and gas need more certainty and timely resolution of permitting issues.

Mark Begich will:

  • Streamline permitting
  • Increase permitting accountability
  • Create certainty for exploration with quick decisions from courts
  • Expand one-stop-shop agency review

Expanding Production Opportunities and Protecting American Energy Leadership

With international instability bringing uncertainty to the global energy market, it is more important than ever that our country takes full advantage of its untapped energy potential in areas like ANWR as well as constructing the gasline. That production must be built on a foundation of smart tax and trade policy.

Mark Begich will:

  • Jump-start Alaska gas pipeline project and bring revenue, good paying jobs, and low-cost, clean-burning energy for Alaskans.
  • Begin environmentally responsible development in the Arctic Refuge
  • Protect and strengthen vital oil and gas tax incentives
  • Reduce the economic power of America’s adversaries

Making Sure Alaskans Get Their Fair Share

Throughout our state’s history, Alaskans have always had a stake in the natural resource development that is our economic backbone, and Mark will fight for Alaska’s fair share as production increases.

Mark Begich will:

  • Push for revenue sharing for impacted communities
  • Advance legislation to reduce energy prices for high-cost areas

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“Sen. Begich knows he represents Alaskans, not any special interest group in the Lower 48.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/17/2014

ANCHORAGE– Mark Begich has earned the endorsement of the Seward Phoenix Log for his independent leadership and ability to deliver for Seward.

Here is what the Phoenix Log had to say about Mark Begich:

“The senator’s reputation is that of someone willing to work with anyone no matter how partisan the other might be. If it gets the job done for Alaskans, then he will do what it takes to get it done.”

“He listens and he responds well to what we Alaskans think are important issues – big or small; if they are important to us, they’re important to him.”

“Sen. Begich has been diligent in finding federal funds to help alleviate the situation. When city leaders briefed him, his response was clear and immediate.”

We’re supporting Mark Begich in his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate. After considerable thought we make this unqualified endorsement of the incumbent because of his dedication to hard work and commitment to Alaskans. Sen. Begich has proven himself to be as independent as the old-time Alaskan and deserves another term.

The former Anchorage mayor has done well in reaching out to all Alaskans. He takes nothing for granted and has become a quick study when it comes to analyzing the complex myriad of issues facing this sparsely populated state. The senator’s reputation is that of someone willing to work with anyone no matter how partisan the other might be. If it gets the job done for Alaskans, then he will do what it takes to get it done. Now that’s admirable!

There are also other reasons why we think Sen. Begich should be reelected. Though Washington, D.C. is far away, the senator is as close to home as our neighbors. He listens and he responds well to what we Alaskans think are important issues – big or small; if they are important to us, they’re important to him. It’s simply old-fashioned representation in the modern age.

Here’s a couple of local reasons why we support Sen. Begich’s re-election:

First,  Seward is a seaport town. Seward was founded because of its deep, ice-free port. The Russians noted the natural advantages in the late 1700s when they built three ships here in Resurrection Bay. Next year, the U.S. Coast Guard takes a big step in recognition of what nature provides us when the huge arctic icebreaker Sikuliaq home ports here. While the ship will patrol the arctic waters, it will have a definite economic impact here. Sen. Begich never wavered in his support of the need for the icebreaker or the decision to home port it here.

And, second, during the last decade, flooding here seems to occur more often. Sen. Begich has been diligent in finding federal funds to help alleviate the situation. When city leaders briefed him, his response was clear and immediate.

Alaska is relatively still a new state. Alaska is big, over twice the size of Texas. Sen. Begich understands that to get our fair share of the federal dollar it is going to take all the elements of negotiation. That includes an uncompromising commitment to what he thinks is in the best interests of the state – but, he does it only after finding out from the residents of Alaska what they want him to do. He is not going to do it because someone in another state wants him to do it, but because we want him to do it. Sen. Begich knows he represents Alaskans, not any special interest group in the Lower 48.

There is much work yet to be done in Washington. There is little doubt that the senator does his homework and he fights for what he believes in because we believe in it. Our vote this election will go to Mark Begich.