EDITOR, Daily News:

 (I speak only for myself and not on behalf of the Ketchikan Borough Assembly. My political opinion here is my personal thoughts and not of the governing body).

I have known Dan Ortiz for 15 years as a devoted teacher, local representative, and most importantly, a personal friend. These past three elected terms, I’ve keenly followed Rep. Ortiz and his assentation to be a staunch advocate for local issues within our state Legislature. His record clearly shows legislation that has directly benefited our local community. From supporting our burgeoning mariculture industry, to defending the Alaska Marine Highway System from drastic budget cuts, and protecting our state’s founders living in pioneer homes, Ortiz has dedicated his civic life to representing all of District 36.

An elected official’s first responsibility is to those who they serve, not a political institution. District 36 once again needs a candidate that works for the people, not a political party. With political partisanship dividing our state and country at historical levels, we need a truly independent representative that works across party lines and enacts legislation beneficial to our Southeast region. I believe Ortiz has the best interests of younger generations of Alaskans in mind when stabilizing our PFD system. The number one thing I here from people is Dan’s responsiveness to constituents. No matter if you reside in his most rural community to the most populous, he treats all people equally.

The reason Rep. Ortiz was elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018 is because District 36 was eager to break up partisan politics and cut through dominating parties to get the best representation for our district. I voted for Rep. Dan Ortiz two years ago and I will again this election cycle. I hope you will join me in voting for a true representative of the people.

AUSTIN OTOS

Ketchikan