Letter: Supporting Dunleavy

As a lifelong Alaskan, commercial and subsistence fisherman, I support Mike Dunleavy as our next governor. Recent statements from critics that Mike is not supportive of commercial fishing prompted me to write this piece, because my personal experience has been exactly the opposite. Such statements lack any basis in fact, and they appear to be nothing more than feelings, or based on unsubstantiated rumors rather than any action taken by Dunleavy himself. I’ve researched the record during his time as a state senator and have found him to be nothing but supportive of our industry and the departments that manage it.

Candidates for governor often are not subject matter experts in every Alaska industry, so, if elected, it is important for them to appoint and surround themselves with those that are.  I have every confidence Mike Dunleavy will listen to and consult with the experts in this area, and that his appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), Board of Fisheries, and other policy groups, as well as his selection of commissioners will be balanced and reflect what is best for our state’s diverse fisheries. As he continues to meet with folks from the commercial fishing sector, he will gain a better understanding of our various fisheries and what challenges we face.

This fisherman is ready for a governor that honors Alaska’s constitution, believes process is important, and is committed to appointing the most qualified Alaskans to key posts so all Alaskans will be represented.  And while commercial fishing is my livelihood and a cause I fight passionately for, I also want a governor who will get serious about our growing crime problem, honor Alaskans’ wishes on the PFD, and prioritize state spending on issues that matter. I will proudly vote for Mike Dunleavy as our next governor.

— John Moller
Juneau

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