The late Alaska Allies GOP Congressman Don Young wrote a letter of support Friday to fully support Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola in her re-election campaign for the state’s only seat in the House of Representatives.
“We know she is the right choice to advance the interests of all Alaskans in the US House of Representatives,” Young’s allies wrote in the letter. “Her commitment to race positive, her bipartisan approach to public service, and her legislative priorities that put Alaska first underpin the foundation of our support.”
Young, the longest-serving current member of Congress, died in March on a flight home to Alaska. The deceased congressman lost consciousness on the flight and could not be revived, according to Jack Ferguson, a lobbyist who served as Young’s chief of staff and also signed the Friday letter.
Other signers of the letter include Zack Brown, Young’s last director of communications, and former chiefs of staff Colin Chapman and Pamela Day.
Young, who died at the age of 88, had served in Congress since 1973 and was in his 25th term, running for a 26th in Alaska. He was known for his efforts to serve the Native American community, including a case where he helped introduce the STOP Act, bipartisan legislation to ban the export of sacred Native American objects and punishment for the illegal tribal trade – Enhance cultural heritage.
In their letter of support, Young’s allies and friends noted how Peltola is following in Young’s footsteps, respecting his “legacy of service” and taking “specific steps to advance his efforts” to ensure Alaskans’ legislative priorities are met.
They also mentioned their swift efforts to address food insecurity for veterans and announced their support for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, highlighting issues important to the late congressman.
“When Peltola testified before the House Natural Resources Committee last year, it was at the invitation of Congressman Young. It is fitting that she sits on this very committee right now,” they wrote. “Mary Peltola is the best person to fill Alaska’s only seat in the US House of Representatives. We encourage you to vote for them in the upcoming elections.”
In late August, Peltola defeated Republican Sarah Palin in the special election for Alaska’s seat in the Grand House of Representatives. If the Democrat wins, she would be the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress, the first woman Democrat to represent Alaska in 50 years, and the first woman to represent the state in the House of Representatives.
Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate in the 2008 election, said she was “disappointed” with the outcome of the special election and blamed her defeat on the state’s “crazy” new ranking voting system.
Peltola will join candidates she faced in the special election Nov. 8, including Republican Nick Begich III and Libertarian Chris Bye.
news week reached out to Peltola’s campaign for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/democrat-mary-peltola-endorsed-allies-alaskas-former-gop-congressman-1754082 Democrat Mary Peltola is endorsed by Allies of Alaska’s former GOP congressman