On Thursday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that he would be participating in town hall events next week in Kenai, Seward and Homer as part of a “Conversations with Alaskans” tour.
That tour was announced in late January, and had been scheduled to start with events in Petersburg and Wrangell on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, respectively. Both events were canceled because of weather.
Dunleavy was able to attend the next scheduled town hall, which was this past Monday at Chugiak High School, located between Anchorage and the Wasilla-Palmer area. Nearly 200 people attended the event, according to the Anchorage Daily News,
The fine people of Kenai, Seward and Homer should make good use of this opportunity to talk to the governor, who until this month has kept the general public at a distance.
We won’t conjecture as to why the governor waited this long to try to “hear (Alaskans’) thoughts, understand your concerns, and see your vision of what you want Alaska to be like for our children and grandchildren.”
But we will take this opportunity to invite the governor to schedule a town hall in Ketchikan.
It’s been nearly 11 months since Dunleavy’s most recent public appearance in the First City — a Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 8.
Much has occurred since then. There’s much to talk about.
Ketchikan has appreciated the frequency in which previous governors have visited Ketchikan. During the past 30 years, Walter Hickel, Frank Murkowski, Sarah Palin, Sean Parnell and Bill Walker spent time in Ketchikan. Gov. Tony Knowles — whose relative absence from Ketchikan during a contentious stretch of timber politics prompted local bumper stickers asking “Where’s Tony” — was no stranger to the First City.
We haven’t seen a “Where’s Mike” bumper sticker yet, but do know that Ketchikan would welcome an open town hall opportunity to talk with this governor.