Democrat-ballot candidates for U.S. House debate in Ketchikan

Leila Kheiry— AUGUST 6, 2018

Three Democratic primary-ballot candidates for U.S. House were in Ketchikan for the annual Blueberry Arts Festival. In addition to meeting and greeting the public during festival events, they debated issues Friday during a forum hosted by local House District 36 Democrats.

Alyse Galvin, Christopher Cumings and Dimitri Shein each hopes to challenge Rep. Don Young for U.S. House this November.

First, though, they need to convince Democratic primary voters that they’re the best choice to defeat Young, a Republican who has held his seat since 1973.

Moderator Tom Schulz and other local Democrats came up with the questions for the Friday-evening debate, which touched on topics important to Alaska in general, and specifically to Southeast. But first, they introduced themselves.

Galvin is from Anchorage, and is unaffiliated with any party. She said she’s a lifelong advocate for education. She helped found a group called Great Alaska Schools, which lobbied state lawmakers to maintain funding for public education.

“I fought every day for kids,” she said. “And I will bring this same energy to the campaign. The same things that led to success at Great Alaska Schools: Strong organization of people, clear messaging on issues critical to them, and that’s how we’re going to win in November.”

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