ORTIZ IS A FIERCE AND EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE

Louise Stutes, published on Sitnews, November 3, 2022

I was perplexed by the recent comments shared by District 1 House Candidate Jeremy Bynum in his opening remarks while debating Representative Dan Ortiz in Ketchikan on Thursday, October 13.

In referring to the leadership style of Rep. Ortiz, Mr. Bynum stated that “We're not going to nice our way to success ...”, followed by inferences that Dan hasn’t fought for his constituents.

While Mr. Bynum certainly is correct that Rep. Ortiz is a nice person, the rest of his characterization could not be further from the truth.

Dan and I have served in the legislature together for 8 years, and I can attest that he has been a bulldog for Southern Southeast Alaska.

We have fought side-by-side through many political battles, taken the tough votes together, and have stood united against interests that threatened our coastal way of life and the future of this state.

During a time of declining oil revenues and an all-out assault on the services coastal communities rely on, Rep. Ortiz has been a champion for the Alaska Marine Highway System, our fishing industry, education, and his constituents.

 

In contrast to Mr. Bynum's erroneous descriptions, I can only describe Rep. Ortiz, as a "fierce and effective advocate" for his district, as well as a bright future for all Alaskans.