Education Advocate Aiming to Unseat Longtime Alaska Rep

Becky Bohrer— AUGUST 12, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Alyse Galvin ran into resistance from some state legislators in a fight over school funding, she didn’t give up. She got a loudspeaker.

In 2017, the activist, along with other worried moms, helped gather hundreds of letters from Alaskans urging legislators not to cut school funding amid a state budget deficit. The letters were read on the Capitol steps during an hours-long event — replete with props — that Galvin helped organize.

When a budget finally passed two months later, schools were fully funded. One legislator says the persistence of Galvin’s organization, Great Alaska Schools, made a difference.

It’s that tenacity that supporters say will serve Galvin, a familiar face at the Capitol, well if she accomplishes her next goal: election to the U.S. House.

The independent is seeking the Democratic nomination and a chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican who has held the office for 45 years. If elected, Galvin would be the first woman to hold Alaska’s lone House seat.

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