Alyse Galvin aims to unseat Rep. Don Young in second attempt
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - In 2020, a head-to-head battle for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives takes the form of a rematch between Republican Rep. Don Young and challenger Alyse Galvin.
Galvin, who considers herself an independent but is running as this year’s Democratic nominee, is taking Young on for the second time in two elections.
“We need Alaskans to take advantage of their privilege of voting,” she said early Tuesday while out sign waving with supporters. "In this time, economically and with regard to our health care, we need some change.
“I’m very honored to be able to run as an independent and serve all Alaskans, and at this crisis, I’ll be able to be in the majority, where decisions are being made in Washington," she said. "That’s critical to Alaska. We only have one representative, who’s been in for 47 years, and look at where we are right now.”
While most know a bit about Young – the Dean of the House, as the longest-serving congressman currently in the House of Representatives – Galvin’s story isn’t as widely known.
The 55-year-old mother of four has long been a champion of health care and education.
“I raised my four kids in Alaska, so this is personal,” she said. “This is about protecting the opportunity for my four kids and every other family to have their kids want to stay in Alaska because they can, because they’ve had vocational training, because they’ve had apprenticeships, because they’ve had a great educational system that connects our kids to the good jobs here.”
Galvin also shared part of her personal story on her campaign page, highlighting her commitment to education there as well.
“My family struggled with addiction, mental illness, and abuse,” she wrote, “but I was determined to break the cycle. My community and my school teachers lifted me up and game the tools and confidence I needed to persevere.”
Galvin is also looking to expand broadband and affordable energy access, according to her campaign website, noting “we must invest in roads and other basic infrastructure like water and sewer.”
She formerly owned a small business, served as a partnership liaison for the Department of Education and Early Development and founded education advocacy group Great Alaska Schools after graduating from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
A third-generation Alaska, according to her campaign page biography, she’s been in Alaska for nearly 40 years, having lived in both Juneau and Anchorage. Outside of work, Galvin described fishing, hunting, church, choir and bridge as some of her favorite hobbies.
“Alaska and our nation are at a crossroads right now,” she said. “We are facing a crisis, and our leaders are not listening. It’s time for a representative who listens to and works for the people of Alaska.”
In 2018, Galvin took about 47% of the vote, the highest for a challenger to Young since 1990.
“Really, the heart of it is, D.C. needs to know Alaska,” she said, “because we have a lot to offer. That’s going to come with relationships, it’s going to come with somebody who’s passionate about Alaska, someone who lived here recently, someone who gets 21st-century thinking.”
Late Tuesday, Galvin addressed supporters in a live stream online, thanking them for their help and expressing optimism about the days to come.
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