Republican Robert Myers runs for Senator John Coghill’s seat

 Robert Myers is running to represent District B in the Alaska Senate. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
Robert Myers is running to represent District B in the Alaska Senate. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM AKDT
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Robert Myers is running to represent District B in the Alaska Senate. Meyers says he is running because he is unhappy with the direction of the state starting from Governor Walker’s administration.

“I thought that once we had elected Governor Dunleavy, that a lot of things would change, we would get the state more or less back on track. I knew that it was not an overnight thing, but I expected us to at least head in the correct direction. Then what I saw last summer in the fights between the governor and the legislature... I was very unhappy with how that worked out, especially unhappy with my own Senator. As another Republican, I expected him to be more supportive of the governor,” said Myers.

Myers says he then decided he had to do something. “I knew that very few people would be willing to run against somebody like Senator Coghill, who has been there for so long and has all that name recognition and fundraising power. So I said if no one else is going to do it, I will,” said Myers.

He says when people ask him why he decided to run, he says because he got mad. “It is simplistic but it is what a lot of it boils down to. Our state has to do something different, go in a different direction -- and our governor was trying to push us that way. I want to get into the legislature to help support him and help restore our PFD and bring a little bit of sanity back to our state,” said Myers.

Myers says he was inspired to run for office to help make a change in the state. "The first and foremost thing is to restore and protect the PFD for future generations. The second thing is to put our budget back on a sustainable path to get us a smaller government that is going to be willing to spend more within its revenues and not be overreaching, trying to continue the same spending spree that we've seen for the last ten, fifteen years now,” said Myers.

Myers says restoring the PFD will be one symbol of how he wants to change how things operate in the state. "People should vote for me because I'm a little different, and I'm coming at this as a resident, not as somebody who has been in this government for the last twenty years. I'm not going to say anything bad about Senator Coghill's character, I don't believe he's an evil man, I believe he's a good man, but he's been there so long that he's missing the forest for the trees. He's doing what he can to keep the state running well and I'm here to run to try to get things on a more sustainable path for the people. The state comes second in my mind, the people come first,” said Meyers.

Myers will be on the Republican primary ballot competing with Incumbent Senator John Coghill. The primary election is on August 18.

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