mayor, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Begich was in Kodiak on
Sunday for a campaign swing through Crab Fest.
courted for months by national Democratic figures, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich
entered the race for his party’s nomination last month to try and unseat U.S.
Senator Ted Stevens in the fall general election.
son of the late Nick Begich Senior, who, while Alaska’s lone congressman, was
lost and presumed killed on a small plane flight in Southcentral Alaska. No
remains of the crash have ever been found. Mark was just 10 years old when that
happened, and because of it, was not attracted to politics until his 20s. He
has since served on the Anchorage Assembly and is in his second term as
Anchorage mayor. He was once the driver for Tony Knowles when the former
governor was mayor of Anchorage.
can’t come to Kodiak – especially during Crab Festival – without addressing
Crab Rationalization, the privatization program earmarked into existence by Ted
Stevens which has cost Kodiak hundreds of jobs, both on boats and at processing
and has a direct impact.”)
that if he were elected to the senate, he would not let industry have more
influence than science and community input:
Ratz 2 20
science wasn’t part of the equation.”)
said crewmen seemed to have been left out of the equation as well:
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an economic impact to these families.”)
prices and global warming threaten Alaska’s fishing industry, as well:
climate 34 sec “…
a common thread is energy.”)
defended the Bush Administration’s listing of the Polar Bear as threatened, and
questioned Governor Sarah Palin’s lawsuit to overturn it:
to the secretary, we can still do that.”)
called for a more focused war on terror and to better take care of America’s
-- (War 29 sec “… are going to
have to have.”)
primary election, Begich is facing Frank Vondersaar of Homer, and former
Republican Moderate Party founder Ray Metcalfe of Anchorage.