Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan runs for reelection to U.S. Senate

Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 4:07 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan is running to continue representing Alaska in the U.S. Senate.

He said he is running for “a bright future for our state, for our kids.”

Sullivan spoke to his time in the Senate, saying, “We’ve made historic progress on things like resource development, ANWR, reversing the Obama Administration cutting back on the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska, [and] dramatically rebuilding our military. We’ve secured about $1.6 billion in military construction for Alaska, a lot of it in the interior, bringing the readiness of our military forces back up -- and these are all things that I think bode well for a bright future once we get through this pandemic.”

“When you look at the national Democrat party’s agenda for Alaska, it is openly, clearly anti-Alaska. It’s no access to our resources, it’s shutting down ANWR which we got open, it’s shutting down all resource development and oil and gas drilling on federal lands, it’s clearly cutting back on our military -- defunding the military as Bernie Sanders recently mentioned -- and it’s undermining our Second Amendment rights,” Sullivan said, adding, “We need a government, a federal government that’s a partner in opportunity, not an obstacle.”

In addition to growing the economy through resource development, Sullivan thinks Alaska needs to diversify its economy. “There are so many opportunities that we have, young Alaskans who have great ideas. Make the university system, particularly in Fairbanks, a hub of research.”

Sullivan explained that other issues he’s focused on include helping people with addiction, making sure survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have needed resources, and cleaning up the oceans.

According to Sullivan, historic progress has been made on the issues he’s focused on. “Are we there yet? No. But I think Alaskans want their elected officials to say ‘Here’s what I’m going to do,’ and then you go do it -- you continue that progress. So I’m going to run on a record that I think is a strong one. But I’m also going to run on a vision of the future of what we need to have happen in our state. I think it’s a bright one. I’m optimistic about the future.”

Sullivan said that his job as a Senator is to work with everybody. “The agenda that I am promoting, the agenda that I ran on, is not a Republican or Democrat agenda -- it’s an Alaska agenda. Growing the economy, more access to our federal lands, strong protection for the Second Amendment, rebuilding our military, taking care of our veterans, helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and those struggling with addiction, cleaning up our oceans... that has been my agenda.”

“Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. And we’re going to get through this. We’re going to get through this stronger, more resilient,” he said, adding, “What we need to do as we get through this pandemic is look at ‘What is the future that we want?’”

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

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