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Democrat Bennie Colbert runs for District 1 in the Alaska State Legislature

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 4:34 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Democrat Bennie Colbert is running to represent District 1 in the Alaska State Legislature. This seat is currently held by Bart LeBon.

He said he is running to give back to the community and pay it forward.

“I believe in this community. This community has stepped up in ways that no one will ever, ever understand, and how they came to my aid when I was sick. And I feel like I needed to give back. I developed an advanced stage of cancer, and the community stepped up with contributions to help me get through that, and I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for them today.”

He said, “I would like to see healthcare be available to all Alaskans, whether they can afford it or not. There are so many people that, and especially in my case, being a cancer patient, that they can’t afford the deductibles, they can’t afford to have surgeries that they need, and there’s a lot of mental health issues going around in our community, that I think that needs to be addressed.”

Colbert said he wants to break down partisan walls and have real discussions. “Let’s figure out our healthcare issues, our energy cost, and also our budget cuts. We just need to get together and work together, and I think that’s one of the strong suits that I will bring to the party, is being able to get everybody together, and let’s get the work done.”

He explained his reason for running this election year. “There’s so many things that’s happening globally. And you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t care. And I care. And so if I can make a difference in changing the dialogue in some sort of way, that’s why it’s been a big push for me to run this year, is because we need a change. We need a change. Not just globally, but within our town. And we have too many people in this town that care about each other, and I don’t want to see a division.”

Colbert talked about economics in Alaska. “We need to start diversifying our economy. And that’s one of the big platform items that I have stood for. And looking into renewable energy sources. Global, thermal, things of that nature. And I just want to represent the people, and fight for our community and the sustainability of it.”

He said he is not afraid to speak up. “I have a voice,” Colber said, adding “In my current position as president of the NAACP, I’m always on the frontlines of fighting for what is right, and what the people want to articulate. So I feel like I can be that conduit and I can take that to the legislature and deliver the message. So I’m not afraid to fight for the people, the message that I have to bring.”

I want everybody to go out and vote. Whether you vote for me or not, vote. It is so important, because if you’re not part of the solution, you will be a part of the problem,” he said.

Colbert is running against Christopher Quist on the non-Republican primary ballot on August 18th.

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