EDITOR, Daily News:

I'm supporting Rep. Dan Ortiz for a fourth term in the State House.

Dan has demonstrated sensible, pragmatic leadership. I've always been impressed with his energy, and attention to any significant issue that he sees as potentially affecting the residents of his district.

He is a staunch supporter of our vital industries, and has always been receptive to exploring new opportunities. He is consistently on the right side of issues that affect education, health care, seniors and our environment. Dan has worked hard to blunt the governor’s catastrophic budget cuts, particular as regards the state ferry system.

His independent status enhances his reach in the Legislature, and his experience on several key committees is particularly valuable in these trying times.

Dan has served us very well in his past three terms. The residents of House District 36 will be well served if he is elected for another.

DALE PIHLMAN

Ketchikan