Bert Williams runs for Alaska Senate seat R

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 8:53 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Bert Williams is running for seat R in the Alaska State Senate with the Alaskan Independence Party.

He said he is running because he was asked to do so. “I have never had an interest in politics. I personally believe that unless you’re out to enrich yourself using your office, not much good comes for an individual’s family when holding a public office.”

Williams would like to see the state have more self-sufficiency. “I would also like to see more land opened up around the state. There’s less than one percent of the State of Alaska in private ownership, and this restriction, which creates artificially inflated land prices, not only does it increase the cost of housing and land to live on for everybody that’s here, but it’s also hampering the development of agriculture, and I really feel like we need significant improvements, and quite quickly, in agriculture in this state,” he explained.

He said he is tired of being given the runaround by the Democratic and Republican parties. “I actually have been a Republican most of my life, but it’s not only my feeling and my perception. The reality is that neither party seems to actually care what its constituents want.”

Williams is running against Elijah Verhagen and incumbent Click Bishop in the primary election on August 16.

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