Democrat Edgar Blatchford runs for U.S. Senate

Edgar Blatchford is running for Senator Dan Sullivan’s seat in the U.S. Senate.
Edgar Blatchford is running for Senator Dan Sullivan’s seat in the U.S. Senate. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
Edgar Blatchford is running for Senator Dan Sullivan’s seat in the U.S. Senate. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)((Sara Tewksbury/KTVF))
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 4:25 PM AKDT
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Edgar Blatchford is running for Senator Dan Sullivan’s seat in the U.S. Senate. He says he is running because he has a passion for public service. “I watched public officials since I was in High School. I chose to be involved in public policy decisions rather than to get involved in making money. I have been interested in how decisions are made and how Alaska has fared over the years and I am not getting any younger. This was something I thought I should do, get it off my chest so to speak,” said Blatchford.

Blatchford says he is committed to Alaska and all Alaskans. “I would like to be the Senator for Alaska that isn’t attached to all the special interest in the Lower 48. I have watched the campaigns over the years, and I have seen people run for Congress, which includes the Senate, and they raise millions and millions of dollars from the Lower 48. I grew up in an age when to say that you raised money outside of Alaska was a no-no, people in Alaska did not like that,” said Blatchford.

He thinks that the state spends too much time and effort on projects that will probably not come to fruition. “We’ve spent the last 40-45 years promising the people of Alaska that we’re going to build another pipeline, we’re going to drill for more oil and that just hasn’t happened. We’ve had Republican presidents, we had control of the house and the Senate in the Republican hands at the same time. Despite all of that, we haven’t been able to get any drilling done. So I think we have to face the reality and put our concentration on things that are possible in Alaska,” said Blatchford.

He thinks the state needs to diversify the economy. “We’re gonna not put all of our eggs or all of our hopes in one single basket,” said Blatchford.

Blatchford says people should vote for him because of his personal connection to Alaska. “My feet are on the ground, you don’t have to tutor me, you don’t have to give me money, I don’t have to take that money and I don’t have to use that money to hire consultants from other places in the Lower 48 to teach me how to speak to Alaskans. I do not need that. I know what I think, I know what I’ve been through, I’m committed to Alaska,” said Blatchford.

Blatchford says he is running a short campaign, and this recent trip to Fairbanks was his last trip for the campaign. “I’m going to spend time in Anchorage, I’ve been around Alaska, many many many times over the decades. I don’t know everything, I don’t know as much as local people know but I think that because the clock is ticking, on August 18, we have the election. If people are going to take me seriously then I have to do serious work,” said Blatchford.

He says he is going to spend his time connecting with as many people as possible.

Blatchford also says he is not afraid to run as a democrat. “I’m not afraid to be a democrat and stand up for democratic principles. In the Democratic Party, there is greater opportunity for compromises and agreeing on platforms. We don’t have a bully leader who’s going to tell us ‘stay in line or you’re not going to get any appropriations.’ I like the independence Alaskans have and I think that independence should be shown in their representation in the congress. They should not be afraid to speak up for Alaska, just because we might lose a grant or something,” said Blatchford.

Blatchford is on the non-republican primary ballot competing with Chris Cumings, Al Gross and John Wayne Howe. The primary election is on August 18.

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