Austin Otos, published in Ketchikan Daily News, November 1, 2018
I have known Dan Ortiz for 10 years as a devoted debate teacher, local representative, and most importantly, a personal friend. These past two elected terms I have keenly followed Rep. Ortiz and his ascension as a staunch advocate for local issues within our state congress. His record clearly shows legislation that has directly benefited our local community. From supporting our burgeoning mariculture industry to defending funding for the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System, Ortiz has dedicated his civic life to representing all of District 36.
An elected official's first responsibility is to those that he serves, not a political institution. District 36 needs a candidate that works for the people, not a political party. With political partisanship dividing our state, we need a truly independent representative that works across party lines and enacts legislation beneficial to Southeast communities. I believe Ortiz has the best interests of younger generations of Alaskans in mind when stabilizing our PFD system and supporting industries that bring long-term economic growth.
The reason Rep. Ortiz was elected in both 2014 and 2016 was due to the fact that District 36 was ready to break up partisan politics. I voted for Rep. Ortiz two years ago and I will again in this election cycle. I hope you will join me in voting for a true representative of the people.