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Republican Kevin McKinley runs for District 5 in the Alaska State Legislature

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 2:36 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

Republic Kevin McKinley is running for District 5 in the Alaska State House of Representatives. This seat is currently held by Adam Wool.

McKinley said he’s running because it’s time for a change. “Alaska’s been going down the wrong road for a long time. The legislature’s known that, and the legislature’s known that for many years. And it’s time for a change, and I want to be part of that change.”

McKinley wants to see jobs created in the state. “Part of that is creating opportunity for business owners and people that want to develop. Whether it’s regulations or a climate that businesses want to create in Alaska.”

McKinley added, “We have to really start looking at competing not only nationally for jobs, but internationally, and we just need to be competitive, and we just need to take a realistic approach to that.”

According to McKinley, canvassing has shown him what issues matter to his constituents. “I want to take those issues with me and go to Juneau and fight for them. They’re the ones that count. It’s all about the people, the voters, the constituents, and what they think is important,” he said, adding, “You find a wide variety of interests and issues out there.”

According to McKinley, some of the top issues he’s found voter concern over are crime, the state’s budget, and the Permanent Fund Dividend. “It’s going to be interesting to sit down with all the legislators and discuss where that future’s going to be. Are we going to have a dividend next year? Are they even putting it in the budget and looking at it?”

McKinley spoke of the upcoming election. “Everybody says this, that this is going to be the most important election of our time. And it’s almost become a cliché. But when you start thinking about where Alaska is, it is a very important election. It really is. And what I tell people to do is look at what’s important to you, and then look at your ballot.”

He stressed the importance of voting. “I think that everybody should vote, and I think that’s a big thing. I’m pretty adamant about the ‘Get Out the Vote’ campaign, and you start looking at the numbers of how many people there are in Alaska, and how many people vote. It’s not a good number, and the elections have consequences. Sometimes you’ll hear people complain about something’s happened in Alaska. Well, you got out and voted, didn’t you? And they say, ‘Well I didn’t vote this time. I’m going to vote next time.’ Well, this is next time. This vote counts. They all count,” he said.

McKinley is running unopposed on the Republican primary ballot on August 18th.

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