Kodiak Daily Mirror - Dan Sullivan visits Kodiak talks up August primary
Dan Sullivan visits Kodiak, talks up August primary
by Julie Herrmann
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U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan speaks at the Kodiak Senior Center on Thursday in Kodiak. (Julie Herrmann photo)
U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan speaks at the Kodiak Senior Center on Thursday in Kodiak. (Julie Herrmann photo)
U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan visited Kodiak Thursday on the campaign trail, trying to drum up votes for the upcoming primary election.

While in Kodiak, Sullivan visited the Kodiak Senior Center, answered questions, and spoke about what he feels are Alaska’s issues.

From the clapping, nods and smiles, it appeared as if most of the people at the Senior Center agreed with Sullivan.

He emphasized leaving a better world for children and grandchildren, and said he’s focused on less government regulation and more economic freedom.

Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson, who’s also executive director of the senior center, asked him what improvements or changes he would make to the Older Americans Act, which she said is up for reauthorization.

Sullivan did not know the details about that act, saying he’d get back to Branson after looking at if further.

“We want to make sure the population of our seniors that worked so hard to make Alaska such a great place can have the life and abilities to stay here,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said he’s running because he thinks the country is going in the wrong direction, and wants to turn it around.

“I’ve been very optimistic about what we have in terms of our potential in Alaska and throughout the country.”

Sullivan took questions about immigration, taxes and not being an Alaskan.

Regarding immigration, Sullivan said the U.S. needs to start by securing its borders.

“That’s not an issue that should be that controversial — most nations secure their borders,” Sullivan said.

In response to not being Alaskan, Sullivan called the ads against him “attack ads” by opponents who are worried.

He said he doesn’t want to pursue higher taxes and is going to push for less regulation.

“I’m running on a record of getting things done and being a fighter, and I think that distinguishes me from other candidates who do a lot of talking but don’t have concrete real results,” Sullivan said.

After the lunchtime talk, Sullivan said federal overreach, infrastructure and fishing seem to be important to Kodiak residents, and are issues he’ll take to Washington if he wins the election.

“Federal overreach issues are very important to enable us to have more economic opportunities,” Sullivan said. “(Fishing is) a critical, critical issue, with regards to making sure we have increased abundance and opportunities with regard to our fisheries. That’s not only an economic driver in Kodiak, but I think our fisheries industry is number two only to resource development industry throughout the state.”

During his visit to Kodiak, Sullivan also met with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, Natives of Kodiak and the American Legion.

Sullivan is running in the Republican primary on Aug. 19 for the senate seat currently held by Democrat Sen. Mark Begich.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmannJ@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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