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Democrat Julia Hnilicka runs for Alaska House of Representatives District 6

Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 4:40 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

Julia Hnilicka is running for District 6 of the Alaska House of Representatives in the upcoming primary election. That seat is currently held by Dave Talerico.

According to Hnilicka she decided to run after talking to rural residents in District 6.

“Having those conversations with people, I saw how far away they felt from Juneau. I heard how they felt like they were not being listened to at all, and this made them feel completely removed from the process, our state legislature. And so, I wanted to change that. I want to make sure that those people who live in those communities, who choose to live these beautiful and tough lives are heard. Because they are Alaska.”

She said that as a representative she has three issues she would focus on. One involves public safety, specifically the Village Public Safety Officer program. “Our VPSO program is upside down right now. We need to figure out a way to change the culture of the VPSO program so that we can make this a successful program and we can make sure that there is law enforcement in small communities, trustworthy law enforcement that people feel comfortable going to and dealing with on a day-to-day basis.”

Hnilicka wants to see Alaska nurture its workforce.

“We need to look at education, from Pre-K all the way to university and trade schools. Especially our trade schools. We need to make sure that we are educating our students and creating opportunities here in Alaska so that people my age are not leaving the state to find their dreams elsewhere. We have that opportunity here in Alaska,” she said.

Lastly, she believes Alaskan resources shouldn’t be outsourced to outside interests.

Hnilicka said, “We need to re-evaluate our relationships with the oil companies. That is our oil, these are our resources. These extractive industries. We need to make sure that we are in control of what is happening as Alaskans. I think that Alaskans care about our lands and our waters and our animals and our people. And we need to make sure that Alaskan companies are the ones that are developing and extracting resources.”

Hnilicka will be running unopposed on the non-Republican primary ballot. The primary election is on August 18

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