My family first came up to Alaska to serve in World War II. I grew up here in a diverse Alaskan family of builders, butchers, bankers, mechanics, misfits and outlaws. Growing up, my family struggled with addiction, mental illness, and abuse, but I was determined to break the cycle.
I started working when I was eight years old, and never stopped. I went outside for education, earning a degree in political science from University of California San Diego. I worked my way through college with a variety of jobs including copy shop manager, health care worker and waitress.
My husband and I returned to Alaska to start our family and went on to raise our four wonderful children in Alaska. As a new mom, I taught in community school and was a substitute teacher in K-12 classes. I've also owned two small businesses and managed a large hotel.
Fighter for Public Education
With experience expanding early childhood education for Alaskan kids at the public-private partnership Best Beginnings, I went on to serve Alaskans under the leadership of two governors to improve the state’s public schools.
In 2014, frustrated by years of education underfunding and facing renewed threats to public schools, I joined a small group of parents to resist new budget cuts. From that small beginning, Great Alaska Schools grew into a grassroots force of thousands across the state, forcing lawmakers to take our demands seriously, restore funding, and act to improve public education.
Stepping Up to Serve
I have spent my entire life bringing people together to solve problems, fighting for our communities and standing up for Alaska’s future. I am ready to be a solutions-oriented, independent voice who fights for all Alaskans.
Alaska and our nation are at a crossroads right now. I believe I am the new kind of leader we need for Alaska’s future. In Congress, I will bring new, forward-thinking leadership to build an innovative economy for jobs, fix the mess that is our healthcare system and tackle the opioid epidemic that is tearing apart our communities.
My husband Pat and I are the proud parents of four amazing kids raised and educated in Alaska. Like any parent, I want to make sure that Alaska is a place with the jobs, educational opportunities, and vibrant communities that will allow my children — and every child — to live, work and raise families right here in Alaska, too.
This is a federal office but I don’t believe national solutions are always right for Alaska. I’m not running to bring Washington values to Alaska; I’m running to bring Alaska’s needs and Alaska’s values to Washington. This is a grassroots campaign about the people of Alaska, which is why I’m not accepting any corporate PAC money. I’m running against Don Young to finally put Alaskans first.
My proudest accomplishment is raising my four kids. Each of them is a graduate of Anchorage's public schools, and they are each driven by a desire for public service and giving back to their communities. Camden, Bridget, Sean, and Cooper are a continued blessing to Pat and me.
Camden is the youngest Galvin, and just graduated from high school. He will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design as a Game Design major in the fall. In 6th grade, Camden founded a lunch program, called Souper Steller, cooking soup for his sister’s high school. Through this program, Camden raised money for the Abused Woman Aid in Crisis shelter (AWAIC). His efforts were recognized with a Spirit of Youth Award. His community leadership skills were recognized when he was elected Co-Chair of his school’s governing body made up of representatives from parents, staff, and students. Camden also taught a class at his school titled “Mythology as a Roleplaying Game” in which he taught students folktales and myths through a game he developed himself.
“My mom has always been a fighter for her community. She led me to carry this tradition of advocacy when she took me to visit the AWAIC shelter when I was in the 6th grade. I was moved by the stories from the children at the shelter, many of them my age. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know what to do. After brainstorming with my Mom, my friend and I started Souper Steller, and raised over $500 to buy toys and supplies for those children. It was through my mom’s kind words and encouragement that pushed me to help my community.”
Bridget is a student of political science at New York University. After graduating she hopes to work in education policy to better the lives of Alaskan children in the public-school system. Bridget is a proud product of the Anchorage School District and spent much of her high school career advocating for Alaska’s public schools on a statewide level. She founded the movement Students With A Voice (SWAV), so Alaskan students could have the opportunity and encouragement to stand up for their right to a quality public education. Her advocacy took many forms, from organizing rallies, days of awareness, and student testimony before legislative committees, to personally meeting with legislators in our state capital. After graduating Bridget continued to guide and mentor high school students working to make a difference. She’s worked at United Way of Anchorage, and at an after school program. Bridget is currently taking time off from school to get her mom elected to Congress.
“My mom is my biggest cheerleader. When I was fourteen and asked her about the possibility of taking a year to homeschool and focus on my music and theater, she reorganized her life to make it a reality. When I was fifteen and told her 'I think I like girls and boys,' she filled my life with love and support. When I was sixteen and came home complaining about teachers in my school being cut, she didn’t say 'oh that’s too bad,' she said, 'well what are we going to do about it?' Her ability to see through any problem, any crisis, any frustration and focus on the solution is what I admire most in her. And that's why I'm working every day to make sure she's Alaska's first Congresswoman.”
Sean recently graduated from NYU Law School. His commitment to public service has been with him from a young age; he and his band The Asteroids won an Alaska Spirit of Youth Award for their work providing live music for non-profit events in and around Anchorage. In college, Sean volunteered at a non-profit environmental law firm in Portland, and worked as campaign manager for promising State House candidate Pete LaFrance in Palmer. Sean continued to work for the public interest in law school, serving as a legal intern for the New York State Department of Financial Services' Financial Fraud and Consumer Protection Division and for the New York Attorney General's Labor Bureau.
"Mom never let us forget how fortunate we were for what we had. No matter how tough things seemed, we always had food on the table, a roof over our heads, and loving parents. We saw how hard she and my dad worked to guarantee us those things, but she always made sure we understood that not everyone is so lucky. By example, she taught us compassion and fearlessness, and instilled in us a duty to give back to our community."
Cooper is a PhD student studying Biophysics at Stanford University. His mother inspired him to always pick science research projects based on whether they address a major societal need. Cooper has researched the root causes of Alzheimer’s disease, how to make materials for a giant battery to permit greater renewable energy adoption into the US power-grid, and diabetes prevention policy to reduce suffering and wasteful spending on healthcare. During graduate school, Cooper started a student organization to connect professional scientists with low-income high school students to work on open projects in science/technology. In every case, his mother was a source of moral guidance and enthusiasm!