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Green Party candidate Jed Whittaker runs as write-in for U.S. Senate

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 4:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Green Party candidate Jed Whittaker is running for U.S. Senate as a write-in candidate. This seat is currently held by Dan Sullivan.

Whittaker said he is running for every homeless person in America.

“I’m running for the 30 million people in America who don’t have enough to eat -- and of those 30 million people, 16 million of those are children and they don’t have enough to eat. I’m running to make sure every American has a home and every American has enough to eat.”

Whittaker said, “It would be a tremendous amount of work to pass legislation to make sure that every American has a home, and it would also be a tremendous amount of work to pass legislation to make sure that every American has enough to eat. But there is a crisis in this country.”

He went on to say, “The haves are satisfied. They’re in their comfort zone. They look the other way, but our public spaces are more and more being occupied by the homeless, and we cannot pretend that this does not exist. We cannot be ostriches. We must be Americans, and we must care for each other -- and that’s not socialism, that’s just being an American. That’s about caring for people.”

Whittaker said, “I have morals. I have integrity. I have honesty. I have ethics, which these qualities are lacking in the major Democratic and Republican candidates.”

According to Whittaker, he has been running for office for 31 years. “Half my life I’ve been running for office. Half of my life, and this is the last time I’m running because the two-party system is thoroughly corrupt. It disenfranchises people and their voting rights.”

“The American and Alaskan people are somewhat like mushrooms. They’re fed b******t and kept in the dark, and if anybody thinks the choice is between the incumbent senator, who happens to be a Republican, and the Democratic candidate, who calls himself a doctor... if you think that’s the only choice, well then you’ve been adequately brainwashed by the media to believe that that is only choice you have,” Whittaker explained.

The candidate discussed his initial interest in politics, saying, “I was about 13 years old, 14 years old, and the Vietnam War had been going on for nine years with no end in sight. I looked at that and I thought ‘Well geez, if they don’t end the Vietnam War pretty soon, I might get drafted and I might go into the Vietnam War.’ So I started getting active.”

“I would encourage all young people to learn as much as possible, because someday you will be the leaders of America. You will be the leaders of Alaska. I would encourage the young people to learn as much as possible because you, the young people, are the future of this country and this state,” he said.

Whittaker is running against Dan Sullivan, Al Gross, John Wayne Howe, and write-in candidates Karen Nanouk and Sid Hill in the general election on November 3rd.

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