Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosts candidate forum for U.S. Senate, House
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On October 27th, candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives participated in a candidate forum hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.
Present were Alyse Galvin and Don Young for the House of Representatives race, and Dan Sullivan and Al Gross in the contest for U.S. Senate.
During the forum, which sometimes involved contention and accusations of dishonesty, candidates discussed their views on a variety of topics including resource extraction, infrastructure, and the place of Alaska in national security.
Galvin and Young discussed bipartisanship in Congress, with Galvin saying, “Alaskans and Americans are sick of the hyperpartisanship that’s just so divisive and really driving us to not trust government anymore. I registered as an independent 15 years ago. Like many Alaskans, I reached a breaking point with the hyperpartisanship disabling our elected officials. I saw them making decisions to please party bosses.”
Incumbent Don Young, a Republican, said, “You look at the record, the laws I’ve passed with co-sponsors, and sponsoring other bills, it’s been really good. We have a slight problem, because now has been divided, media-wise. People are not trying to sit down and solve problems. They’d rather argue about something, and when you do that, when you don’t govern, very frankly, the president will run the house, run the senate, and that’s not correct.”
Sullivan and Gross, meanwhile, discussed broadband access in Alaska.
Senator Sullivan commented, “We just had a fifty million dollar USDA grant for Southeast, but also importantly, for the Aleutian Island chain. I have been the number one advocate for the E-Rate Program that gets broadband out to our schools and our rural communities... and then the CARES Act, I’ve introduced legislation, bipartisan legislation, the COVID broadband extension bill.”
Dr. Gross explained, “As we see the pandemic driving an increasing number of jobs virtual, it’s absolutely critical that we expand broadband access across Alaska for not only employment, but for educational opportunities, as I’m standing here in Fairbanks and I see the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To attract new businesses and residents, and to support current ones, we have to provide fast connections to broadband.”
The forum was the last in the Chamber of Commerce’s Political Forum Series, which began with the primary races in August.
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