Republican Julie Morris runs for District 6 in the Alaska House of Representatives

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 4:07 PM AKDT
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Julie Morris is running for District 6 of the Alaska House of Representatives in the upcoming primary election.

According to Morris, she decided to run when she received calls from members of her district encouraging her to run.

“They said ‘Julie, we really need you to get in there and run and lead right now.’ This was right in the middle of the pandemic, and I think there was a lot of unknowns about what was going to be happening, and so I said, ‘Yes, I will.’ I said, ‘You know, it’s going to be a really tough session with everything that’s happening,’ and I said, ‘but I’m up for it.’”

She explained her experience with the Alaska legislature, as well as the fishing industry. “I’ve been working in the legislature on and off for twenty years. I’ve also been a commercial fisherman,” Morris said.

She said she would like to see Alaska’s economy rebound. “I think we were doing so good right before all this pandemic happened, and I’d like to see us not only come back from that but even do better.”

Morris identified the budget as something she believes needs to be looked at. “The budget is a big issue that’s coming up, and we’re going to have to take a really hard look at how we’re spending our money, because we’re going to have a lot less of it,” she said.

“I would really like to see our economy diversify,” she said, adding, “We have mining and oil, and some gas. We’re very resource-rich in this state. But I’d like to see us maybe do some manufacturing.”

Morris said that at this point she’s a ‘no’ vote on an oil tax ballot initiative. “Seeing what happened to our oil industry over the spring and the price hitting below zero, which I’ve never seen before, minus $36-something a barrel. It took a while to rebound, but I just don’t think taxes on the oil industry, which is our biggest revenue provider... it’s just not a good idea right now.”

Morris has a son who works on the North Slope. “This is the land of my dreams. I love Alaska, and I want to protect it. At the same time I want to be able to provide good paying jobs for families with young children. They need to have a future, and that’s what I’d like to see, is Alaska be that beautiful safe place that it is.”

Morris will be running against Mike Cronk and Ryan Smith in the Republican Primary ballot. The primary will take place on August 18th.

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