Agnes Moran is one of three candidates in the Republican primary election to represent Wrangell, Ketchikan, and surrounding communities in the Alaska State House of Representatives. Moran is from Ketchikan, and she was in Wrangell Friday to go door-to-door and meet voters.
Moran said education would be a priority for her in Juneau. She said she would ensure District 36 gets the school funding it needs.
“I think the highest priority for whoever gets in is to be very careful of that, because we know how much we’re all dependent on state funding for our schools,” Moran said. “And if they start changing the formula such that it favors the Rail Belt, it’s going to be a significant hit to our local municipal budgets.”
Moran said serving on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has taught her about collaboration and the importance of building relationships with fellow lawmakers.
“And I think when you’re looking at southern Southeast with the redistricting, and we have a decreased number of representatives, it’s gonna be key for you to build relationships with other representatives to help forge ahead for issues that are probably not only common to Southeast, but common to coastal areas,” Moran said.
Moran said she would also focus on issues surrounding natural resources and transportation.
She is running against Patti Mackey and Chere Klein, also from Ketchikan, for the chance to face independent Dan Ortiz in the November general election. The winner will replace Republican Rep. Peggy Wilson of Wrangell.
The primary election is Aug. 19.