Eleven Candidates Tell Copper Valley People Why To Vote For Them At Chamber Forum

Candidates for Huse Districts 6 and 9 and Senate Districts C & E in Alaska.
Candidates for House Districts 6 and 9, Senate Districts C & E, Governor & U.S. Senate in Glennallen, Alaska.
From Left: Dave Talerico, Wilson Justin, Click Bishop, Pamela Goode, Jim Colver, Mabel Wimmer, Warren Keogh, Mike Dunleavy, Bob Walker (for his brother Bill Walker), Care Clift, Mark Fish & Moderator & Event Coordinator Bruce Cain, Treasurer of the Copper Valley Chamber. 

Copper Valley Residents Listen To Candidates Talk About Their Backgrounds, Energy and Business Plans and Priorities

An audience of 60 people "met the candidates" at a Copper Valley Chamber-sponsored forum in the Glennallen High School Auditorium on October 17th, 2014. For an hour before the event, candidates met community members, passed out pins and cards, and talked about their campaigns in the High School Commons. The Fireweed Cafe provided coffee and refreshments.

Candidates for Districts 6, 9, C & E meet Copper Valley Voters at Chamber forum.
Copper Valley people meet candidates at GHS Commons.
During the forum in the auditorium, each candidate was given 2 minutes to answer each of four questions. They were asked about their background and why they were running; what their ideas were about reducing the cost of energy in the Copper Valley; their ideas about business growth in rural communities like the Copper Valley, and their primary priority if elected.

Eleven candidates participated. They included Wilson Justin, Democrat, of Chistochina, who is being opposed by Dave Talerico, Republican, of Healy. They are both vying for the House District 6 seat. House District 6 is a massive district that includes the eastern Copper Valley, sweeps up past Delta, and curls over Fairbanks and off into Athabascan River country, taking the Denali Park area, and Healy, with it.

Jim Colver, Republican, Mabel Wimmer, Democrat of Mendeltna Creek, and Pamela Goode of the Constitution Party, all spoke about their bid for the seat in the more compact House District 9, which includes Glennallen and points west in the Copper Valley.

Glennallen Commons:  Meet The Candidates.
Republican Senator Click Bishop of House District C (who is opposed by Democrat Dorothy Shockley) also spoke. Dorothy Shockley sent a written statement, which was read aloud by Chamber moderator Bruce Cain, who coordinated the event.

Both Senator Mike Dunleavy, Republican, and Warren Keogh, who is non-affiliated, were there, to discuss their desire to win the Senate District E seat.

Governor Sean Parnell (Republican), Bill Walker, non affiliated, and Care Clift, Libertarian, were all invited. Walker sent his brother, Bob, to present his views. Care Clift was there. Parnell could not come.

Also not there were the 3 persons running for Lt. Governor -- Mayor Dan Sullivan, Republican, Byron
Mallott, non-affiliated, and Andrew Lee, Libertarian.

Senator Mark Begich, Democrat, (the other) Dan Sullivan, Republican, and Mark Fish, Libertarian, all of whom are running for U.S. Senate, were also invited. Mark Fish gave a presentation. Begich sent a message, answering the Chamber's questions, and it was read aloud by Bruce Cain. 

None of the U.S. House candidates -- Don Young, Republican; Forest Dunbar, Democrat, or Jim McDermott, Libertarian, could attend.

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