Apr 29 2009
Bob Poe, First Gubernatorial Candidate, Visits Kodiak
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

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Candidate for governor Bob Poe poses with KMXT's non-Y2K-compliant Associated Press Computer. Poe successfully led Alaska's effort to ensure that the state's computers did not shut down on Jan. 1, 2000. Photo by Jay Barrett

 

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            The first declared candidate for next year's gubernatorial election was in Kodiak last week for ComFish. Bob Poe is a Democrat who's worked for four governors, Bill Sheffield, Steve Cowper (cooper), Wally Hickel and Tony Knowles. Poe is probably best known as being responsible for Alaska's year 2000 computer preparations.

            Poe has embraced the high-tech "Web 2.0" strategy of connecting with Alaskans. Besides a web site, he also has a Facebook group, a Flickr photo stream, a YouTube channel, and he regularly issues "tweets" to his Twitter account.

 

--          (Poe 1              47 sec              "There probably 90 ... having any problems.")

 

            After saving the state from the specter of massive Y-2-K computer failures, Poe continued working for the Knowles Administration:

 

--          (Poe 2              38 sec              "After the Department ... aviation use for that building.")

 

            Poe describes himself as a pro-business, pro-development democrat.

 

--          (Poe 3              47 sec              "Alaska's economy really ... is really important in that.")

 

            Poe said he is in favor of increasing the amount of value-added processing done to seafoods, and believes quota share fisheries are here to stay:

 

--          (Poe 4              1:10                 "Change is hard ... as the market changes.")

 

            Poe said it is what he sees as Governor Palin's lack of progress in several areas that prompted him to seek the Democratic nomination for governor:

 

--          (Poe 5              33 sec              "But honestly I don't think ... at the end of the session.")

 

            Poe has embraced the high-tech "Web 2-point-oh" strategy of connecting with Alaskans. Besides a web site, he also has a Face-Book group, a Flickr (flicker) photo stream, a You-Tube channel, and he regularly issues "tweets" to his Twitter account. You can find out more at Bob Poe dot com.

 

 

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