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8/13/2014
Alaska opportunity

This election season is a boon for Alaskans.

It's when Alaska's leaders show up in towns and cities — even in the more rural areas accessible by only boat or small airplane — to talk with Alaskans.

In some places in the Lower 48 and certainly in some other countries, this isn't an opportunity. The people don't get to shake hands, talk with, be heard by or become friends with a state's leaders.

Ketchikan and southern Southeast have had a remarkable line-up of leaders passing through on campaign swings — all ready to interact with Alaskans.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Gov. Sean Parnell, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott, independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Sullivan, Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Hollis French — all of those made visits to Ketchikan and stopped by the Ketchikan Daily News in recent months. Others likely will after Tuesday's primary election and before the November general election.

While in town, some of them visited other businesses, spoke to the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and other organizations or made other contacts with Alaskans.

Anyone who wanted to had an chance to meet and talk with the candidates.

While not everyone might take advantage of the opportunity, nevertheless the opportunity existed and will continue to through the general election.

Ketchikan and southern Southeast are fortunate in that it is a destination for leaders interested in serving the state in whatever capacity Alaskans decide. This is special and Alaskans shouldn't take it for granted. It doesn't happen everywhere.