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Alaska Fire Fighters Endorse Senator Murkowski for Re-election

Press Release   /   June 7, 2022
Alaska Professional Fire Fighters Association (AKPFFA) President Dominic Lozano recognize Murkowski’s efforts to support firefighters and first responders

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, the Alaska Professional Fire Fighters Association (AKPFFA), announced their full support and endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) 2022 re-election campaign. AKPFFA represents over 1000 men and women across the state who devote their careers to fighting fires and keeping Alaskans out of harm’s way.

“Senator Murkowski has a proven track record of supporting firefighters and has continued to hold public safety as one of her top priorities in the US Senate,” said AKPFFA President Dominic Lozano. “Her tireless work for Alaska has secured vital dollars for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) and the permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, all while putting the full weight of her support behind numerous initiatives supporting our firefighters and first responders here in Alaska. Firefighters don’t let politics stop us from doing our job, and Senator Murkowski doesn’t let politics get in the way of supporting the brave men and women who help keep Alaskans out of harm’s way day in and day out.”

“As Alaska’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski has long been a strong champion for Alaska’s fire fighters,” said campaign manager Nate Adams. “As Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Lisa has used her clout in Washington D.C. to ensure our firefighters have the resources for everything they need from protective equipment to mental health treatment. Our team thanks the Alaska Professional Fire Fighters Association for this endorsement and for the selfless work they do across the state to keep Alaskans safe.”

Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements as the race progresses.

National Education Association Endorses Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate

Press Release   /   May 20, 2022

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, the Alaska chapter of the National Education Association (NEA-Alaska) announced its endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) re-election. In making the endorsement, NEA-Alaska President Tom Klaameyer commended Murkowski’s steadfast commitment to public education in Alaska.

“Senator Murkowski has long championed policies that support a strong public education system,” said NEA-Alaska President Tom Klaameyer. “She is a relentless advocate for the needs of Alaska’s learning community because she listens and cares deeply about the voices of educators, parents, teachers, and students. Senator Murkowski has a demonstrated track record of advancing Alaska’s education priorities, and we look forward to working with her throughout her next term.”

NEA-Alaska is an advocacy group for students and public school employees in Alaska. An affiliate of the National Education Association, NEA-Alaska represents more than 11,000 public school employees, support staff and retirees statewide.

NEA and NEA-Alaska endorsed Senator Lisa Murkowski’s re-election in 2010 and 2016.

Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements as the race progresses.

Shunned by the right, Murkowski bets big on the Center in Alaska

NY Times   /   April 28, 2022

The Republican senator is leaning into her centrist credentials and bipartisan ties in her re-election race, hoping that voters will reward moderation as the G.O.P. has lurched to the right.

Alaska Native Women Leaders Endorse Senator Murkowski’s Re-election

Press Release   /   April 20, 2022

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, Alaska Native women leaders from across the state voiced their support for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) re-election. In making their endorsements, this coalition of leaders emphasized Murkowski’s ability to effectively represent a diverse range of priorities while respecting indigenous values.

“I am grateful for the leadership of Senator Murkowski, and deeply appreciate her respect for Alaska’s First People, her commitment to always vote her conscience, and her willingness to listen. Lisa’s history of decision-making reflects Alaska. Our voters are predominately non-partisan and I’m thankful for a leader who reflects that majority in her policy. The coronavirus relief bill and the infrastructure package she shepherded into law are recent examples of the big wins she has consistently delivered for Alaskans. Alaska needs Lisa Murkowski in the U.S. Senate,” said Barbara Blake, Haida, Tlingit, and Ahtna.

“I will be standing beside Lisa as she campaigns in 2022. She has always fought for Alaska Native peoples and communities. Much like Ted Stevens, Lisa works with anyone—Republican or Democrat—who will help advance health and opportunities for our people. That is the strong leadership we need in Alaska,” said Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board of Chugach Alaska Corporation and Native Village of Tatitlek Tribal Member.

“I respect that Lisa’s passion is with Alaska, always. As she wrestles with difficult votes, she listens to Alaskans, and does what’s right for Alaskans—no matter which party is in control. With the recent passing of Representative Don Young, Lisa Murkowski is now Alaska’s most senior voice in Congress. We need Lisa in the U.S. Senate,” said Andrea Gusty, Deg Xinag and Yup’ik.

“Senator Murkowski has long championed the rights of Alaska’s first people, our way of life, and our values. She takes time to understand issues, to listen with respect and empathy, and to have those experiences inform her deliberative decision-making. In voting her conscience, Lisa stands out, above, and apart from partisan politics. We need Lisa Murkowski in the U.S. Senate,” said Ana Hoffman, Bethel Yup’ik.

“Working in D.C. 19 years ago, I was so impressed when I saw Senator Murkowski speaking loudly and clearly on behalf of Alaska Natives on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. She has continued to fight courageously for everyone in our state, and as an Alaska Native woman I could not be prouder to support her,” said Joy Huntington, CEO of Uqaqti Consulting and Koyukon Athabascan, Manley Hot Springs.

“Lisa Murkowski is the hardest working person I know. She is tireless and will always put Alaskans first,” said Kathy Mayo of Eagle Village Tribe and Principal Manager of Kathy Mayo + Associates.

“Hope for a better future is Lisa working for you in Washington,” said Megan Onders, Principal Strategist of Arctic Geopolitical LLC and King Island Native Community Member.

“Senator Murkowski has always fought hard to ensure that all Alaskan voices are heard, from the far-reaching rural regions of our great state to the urban areas. That’s why we Alaskans have consistently voted to keep Lisa working for us in the Senate. Vote for Senator Murkowski, a voice of reason and experience bridging the gap and representing all of Alaska,” said Gail Schubert, President and CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation.

“To be an effective U.S. Senator for Alaska, you need the capacity, depth of knowledge, and experience to grasp the complexity of the political and socioeconomic landscape of this state. Lisa has demonstrated all of this in her ability to effectively represent all Alaska—from industry interests to small business, from fisheries to subsistence users, from Alaska Native Corporations to Tribes, from educators to parents, from urban to rural. Lisa has an incredible gift for considering all sides of an issue before arriving at decisions that impact Alaskans. I trust and respect Lisa and she is who I want representing our children’s interests in Congress,” said Greta Schuerch, Inupiaq, Kobuk River.

“Lisa is a champion for Alaskan families and communities. As an Alaskan born and raised in Bristol Bay, a business owner in Anchorage, and as someone who works in industry, I can say without a doubt that Lisa Murkowski’s leadership in policy and appropriations literally impacts every community, sector, and family in our state. I’m proud to call her my senator and will stand with her in 2022,” said Kristina Woolston, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Shareholder.

Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements as the race progresses.   

Lisa Murkowski Starts 2022 On Strong Financial Footing

Press Release   /   April 14, 2022

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) re-election campaign announced it will report raising more than $1.5 million in contributions during the first quarter of 2022, bringing the campaign’s total cash-on-hand to more than $5.2 million.

“We are humbled by the overwhelming support our campaign continues to receive,” said Nate Adams, campaign manager. “This fundraising total reflects widespread enthusiasm for the common-sense, collaborative and courageous approach Lisa Murkowski brings to the U.S. Senate. Alaska needs Lisa’s effective and independent leadership to continue delivering real results for our state.”

Murkowski raises more than $1.5 million in first quarter

The Hill   /  

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) campaign announced on Thursday that she raised over $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, leaving her campaign with $5.2 million in cash-on-hand.

United Fishermen of Alaska Endorses Senator Murkowski’s Re-Election

Press Release   /   April 12, 2022

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, the largest Alaskan commercial fisheries trade association, United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), announced their full support and endorsement for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) 2022 re-election campaign. UFA is the largest fisheries organization in Alaska and the single statewide commercial fishing trade association representing 37 commercial fishing organizations statewide, and representing state and federal fisheries for all species. The UFA board of directors unanimously voted to endorse Murkowski in a special meeting held to discuss the 2022 U.S. Senate race.

“I am honored to receive the full endorsement of the United Fishermen of Alaska,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “As our largest employer and the heartbeat of our coastal communities, the fishing families, captains, and seafood workers that make up this industry are pivotal to our health as a state and a global leader in seafood exports. We are proud to provide the world with healthy wild Alaskan protein. And I am so proud to accept this endorsement once again.”

“I am excited to once again have the opportunity to endorse and support Senator Murkowski for another term representing Alaska in the United States Senate,” said UFA President, Matt Alward. “For the last twenty years, Lisa has been a champion for all Alaskans and especially for the commercial fishing industry. Her depth of knowledge of the fishing industry is unmatched in Congress and the breadth of her accomplishments supporting the industry is too long to list.”

“Senator Murkowski has been a staunch supporter of fisheries in Alaska and has been resolute in her advocacy on behalf of fishing families and their businesses,” said UFA’s Executive Director, Tracy Welch. “The Senator’s work on issues ranging from disaster declaration to H-2B Visas, to fair trade for U.S. Seafood has been integral to keeping Alaskan fishermen on the water and Alaska’s economy moving. UFA’s endorsement of the Senator for the 2022 U.S. Senate race derives from her proven track record of delivering positive results for our industry and for those who rely on it and our belief that she is well-positioned to continue that work in the coming years.”

Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements from across Alaska in the coming weeks and months.

In-State Support Continues to Grow for Senator Murkowski’s Re-Election

Press Release   /   February 7, 2022
In-State Support Continues to Grow for Senator Murkowski’s Re-Election

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, four more Alaska state legislators representing communities across the state announced their endorsement for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) re-election. In making their endorsements, Senator Natasha Von Imhof (R- Anchorage) and House Representatives Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), and Neal Foster (D-Nome) emphasized Murkowski’s deep understanding of Alaska, and her ability to consistently deliver results for her constituents.

“Being a lifelong Alaskan, Senator Murkowski has a true understanding of our people, culture, and values,” said Sen. Natasha Von Imhof (R- Anchorage).

“I haven’t always agreed with Senator Murkowski, but I have always admired her courage to make difficult decisions, take tough stances, and vote her conscience. I know she’s guided by a love for Alaska and the desire to stand up for Alaskans – values I always agree with,” said Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks).

“Lisa has done a fabulous job representing the diverse and independent viewpoints of Alaskans. In a political landscape dominated by party-line politics and special interests, Senator Murkowski has proven that she puts her constituents first. We need Lisa on the job, working to move all of Alaska forward,” said Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak).

“Lisa has always been a champion for our rural communities, and she has backed her words with valuable results time and time again. Without her support in Washington DC, I fear that rural Alaska will be pushed off to the back burner. I am proud to support Lisa Murkowski,” said Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome).

In late January, State Senator Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) and House Representatives Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham), Zack Fields (D-Anchorage) and Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) announced their endorsement for Murkowski’s re-election.

Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements as the race progresses.

Murkowski Campaign Announces Leadership Team

Press Release   /   February 4, 2022

ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced the leadership team for her 2022 re-election campaign. Nate Adams will be campaign manager, Kevin Sweeney will oversee the campaign’s strategy and execution in the role of executive chair, and Rachel Kallander and Grace Jang will serve as senior advisors.

“I’m excited to announce our campaign’s leadership team, a team that brings back seasoned strategists from my past campaigns and adds a manager with recent high-level Senate campaign experience and an intimate understanding of Alaska,” said Murkowski. “This team has a deep love and appreciation of our state and knows what it takes to win tough races. I’m proud to have them by my side as I fight to advance Alaska’s priorities.”

Prior to joining Senator Murkowski’s campaign, Nate Adams served as a director at National Victory Action Fund, a Republican grassroots advocacy and fundraising initiative led by former Senator Cory Gardner. He previously served as the press secretary for Senator Dan Sullivan, and as communications and digital director for Senator Sullivan’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Kevin Sweeney is a Murkowski veteran, having joined the Senator in her Washington, D.C. office after her first election in 2004. He served as Press Secretary before moving back to Alaska to serve as State Director. He managed the Senator’s historic write-in campaign in 2010 and provided strategic counsel in her 2016 re-election. Sweeney is the President of Six-7 Strategies and has over 20 years of public and government relations experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has previously served as the Communications Director for ASRC Energy Services, and was the Special Assistant to the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Rachel Kallander is the managing partner of Kallander & Associates, an Anchorage-based advocacy and strategy firm. Rachel is also founder and executive director of Arctic Encounter, the largest annual Arctic policy and business convening in the United States with strategic partnerships and production work worldwide. Rachel is a Murkowski veteran, having served as a professional staffer in the Senator’s official office, and in senior roles on both the Senator’s 2010 and 2016 re-election campaigns. Rachel brings over a decade of experience in public relations, policy development, and strategic communications to the campaign.

Grace Jang is the owner and principal consultant of Grace Jang Solutions LLC, which provides media and government engagement strategies, project management, and media training. She served the State of Alaska for four years as press secretary, communications director, and deputy chief of staff to Governor Bill Walker. Grace also served in the U.S. Senate as communications director to Chairman Lisa Murkowski on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Republican, Democratic and Independent Alaska Legislators Endorse Senator Murkowski for Re-election

Press Release   /   January 21, 2022
State Legislators Representing Geographically Diverse Regions Across Alaska Stand Together
ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing communities across the state of Alaska announced their support for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) re-election. In making their endorsements, Senator Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) and House Representatives Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham), Zack Fields (D-Anchorage) and Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) all highlighted Murkowski’s strong record of tireless advocacy for Alaska.
 
 “Lisa fills Ted Stevens’ shoes admirably in doing what’s right for Alaska. I’m proud to endorse her,” said Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak).

“Lisa always delivers big wins for Alaska. Look no further than the federal infrastructure package, which will be huge for our state. Somewhere high above, Uncle Ted has to be smiling. I know I am. Thank you, Lisa,” said Rep. Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham).
 
“Senator Murkowski’s work to protect Medicaid was crucial to protecting Alaska’s economy. With the bipartisan infrastructure bill, she delivered the most federal investment in the state since ANCSA,” said Rep. Zack Fields (D-Anchorage).
 
“Senator Murkowski has been unwavering in her tenure as a U.S. Senator for Alaska with her compass being set by the U.S. Constitution. She has been a highly effective legislator acting in the best interests of all Alaskans and our democracy. I’m 100% in support of her re-election to the U.S. Senate,” said Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan).
 
Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements as the race progresses.