A pitch for Wagoner

The Kenai Peninsula, like all of Alaska, is facing some tough choices in this election cycle. I would not presume to advise you on how to vote, but I can say you have sent the legislature an extraordinary man in Tom Wagoner. I did not know him before he showed up in Juneau. Tom first got my attention by showing that his votes were principled and often quite courageous. Then I started seeing him show great understanding of complicated issues and crafting excellent solutions. This is particularly true of the legislation that he sponsored that has triggered the unprecedented increase of oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet. That was all Tom's idea. Last year he worked to put the same incentives in place for the rest of the State.

After I got to know Tom, I realized that he has always been a successful businessman, outstanding teacher and dean at the Kenai Peninsula College on K-Beach Road, and a darn good fisherman.

Tom never seems to flaunt his accomplishments and you never see him jumping in front of TV cameras. He just does the work he was elected to do. I underestimated him. I hope you all have not. We need him in Juneau now, more than ever.

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