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Republican Senator John Coghill runs for reelection in state Senate

 Senator John Coghill is running for reelection in the Alaska State Legislature representing District B.
Senator John Coghill is running for reelection in the Alaska State Legislature representing District B. (KTVF)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 2:29 PM AKDT
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Senator John Coghill is running for reelection in the Alaska State Legislature representing District B.

"I feel like not only is my history, because I've been a long time in Alaska and a long time in the legislature, standing up for the state's rights, the individual rights of people... I'm a Christian, pro-life stance is a must for me, so I feel like those issues are very very important to me... but mostly I want Alaska to prosper,” said Coghill.

Coghill says there are several issues the legislature is going to have to work on. “The economy in Alaska just took a dive. With the international oil price going down, the market slumping or very erratic, the fishing market, the COVID [pandemic], it has dished us up many many problems and I think having a long look for Alaska is going to be important while you work on these close problems,” said Coghill.

Coghill says one of the tougher issues is how the state deals with the earnings of the Permanent Fund, “Because we’re going to have to use some for government. But I think it’s also important that we share the wealth. That is a tough conundrum because the law says one thing and really we haven’t been able to follow the law because of the economics of it. What we need to do is get together, find a consensus on how to divide sharing the wealth, letting some go for our state, for public safety for land management, and for our schools. We want to limit government, both in grow, cost and power. So it’s going to be a tough challenge,” said Coghill.

Coghill has served in the legislature for more than 20 years. "I have been in for quite a few years, I've got an understanding of not only the history of Alaska but where I think we should go for Alaska, and to me that's very helpful. Always, a new set of eyes is helpful, there's no doubt about it -- but also kind of a steady hand on where you have been and where you want to go," said Coghill.

Coghill hopes to be reelected because of the knowledge he has gained over his time in the legislature. “For example, standing up to the federal government -- you don’t just understand that right off the bat, you have to know what the federal government is doing and the nuisances in the federal code, which is complex. Standing up for state’s rights for example, the same is true for individual rights -- that’s our right to privacy, or our hunting and fishing rights, access into our lands. Those things are complex and I’ve learned them well, and I can stand up for the people of Alaska well,” said Coghill.

Coghill will be on the Republican primary ballot with candidate Robert Myers. The primary election is August 18.

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