I met Sarah Palin, a gubernatorial candidate for the state of Alaska, on several occasions, and recently I researched her background and experience from the Web site and from other sources, as well. She appears to me an ambitious and articulate young woman.
Ms. Palin was a mayor of Wasilla with a population of 5,000 residents, she unsuccessfully campaigned for the office of lieutenant governor in 2002, and Governor Murkowski appointed her to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003. I also hear from Ms. Palin and her supporters that she is an honest individual. Nevertheless, I question if these qualifications are sufficient enough for the position of the chief executive of the state.
There are great challenges ahead of us in Alaska. To face these challenges, Alaskans need to chose the chief executive who has broad business experience in Alaska, exemplary leadership skills, long history of public service in Alaska, extensive legislative background and, certainly, solid personal and family values.
I will vote for the candidate of a governor of Alaska who listens to people, respects all Alaskans with the diverse economic, social and cultural backgrounds, includes all groups in the decision making process, and who knows how to get a job done. On Aug. 22, I will vote for John Binkley to be my chief executive.
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