Republican incumbent Don Young runs for reelection to U.S. House of Representatives

Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 4:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Republican incumbent Don Young is running to continue representing Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Young said he is running because he’s the best person for the job.

“I’ve represented this state and been successful. If you look at the record, I’ve passed more laws than any other congressman, signed by presidents than any congressman in history. And 90 percent of those laws are Alaskan laws. Some undo regulations or helping communities or individuals. I’ve been able to do that because I listen to the people, and I try to do what they ask me to do. If I can’t do it, I’ll tell them. But if I can do it I’ll get it done through perseverance and intelligence. But perseverance actually is better than intelligence. I will work to get the job done as I’ve done in the past,” he said.

Young said, “These people that run for office saying, ‘I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that,’ are nonsense. That is pure, pure nonsense. My job is to hear what is important to people, what they want to have done, and then we sit down and try to see if we can get it done. Now we do have some national issues, the Coast Guard, all the federal monies in the state of Alaska, trying to direct it correctly... we’ll work on that. But my job is to hear each individual Alaskan and try to get things done for them individually, so I’m the real congressman for Alaska.”

Young spoke to the issues he sees in Alaska on a federal level. “I want the states to have their rights -- and I’ll do that. I’ll work on it and get it done. Fish and Game is one of them. We want the state to manage the fish and game, as our constitution says it shall be. And transportation -- I work on transportation all the time. We have a challenge in Alaska, we haven’t built any new roads,” he said, adding, “We need to build more access to the federal lands that we have here, so we have accessibility to it, and have Alaskans enjoying Alaska as they did before statehood.”

According to Young, “I think Alaskans recognize I have done the job, I can do the job, and I have the knowledge to do the job better than anybody else. I recognize also that God will take care of me, or the people will. But the decision has to be made, do you want as Alaskans [to] start all over, with someone who has never held an elective office in their life?”

He added, “I know a little bit about the bush. I’m from Fort Yukon. I know some of the challenges they have, and of course the challenge the urban area has. I try to connect them all together to say, ‘This is what’s best for Alaska’ -- and that’s the decision Alaskans will make. Who’s the best congressman? Again, if they want to start over with somebody, that’s their prerogative. This is an elected position. It’s not about Don Young. It’s about who can do the best job for the Alaskans.”

Young also discussed the census. “We are way behind in the census. People don’t understand that in Alaska, that’s very punishing,” he said, adding, “Make sure you’ve been counted. Get out and fill [out] that form, and make sure you understand that if you’re not, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”

Young is running against John Nelson and Jer Heikes in the Republican primary on August 18th.

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