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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 31, 2012

To the editor:

Some candidates think that because of my husband’s apparent lack of direct descendants, his opponent is better qualified to represent District 38.

As a voter, I’m only interested in that candidate’s position on the issues. I don’t want to hear about his wife and family. They aren’t the ones who will do the job day after day. They don’t cast the vote on the legislative floor. The legislator alone does.

We keep our personal lives personal; we have boundaries. Having children and grandchildren has no bearing on the ability to be a reasonable and prudent voice in the Legislature.

David Guttenberg has stepchildren and grandchildren, but he doesn’t bring them into his campaign. He also plays Santa at children’s homes, bringing smiles and cheer during the holidays for some of the most vulnerable of those at risk. David has many friends whose children he has watched grow up and attend public schools. For more than 40 years, these same children, now adults, sat on his knee at Christmas as he played Santa, whispering their dreams and wishes. Now their children sit on his lap, continuing the tradition.

David Guttenberg has nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and -nephews, who’ve all attended Alaska’s public schools. There are four generations of Guttenbergs in Alaska, ranging in age from 91 through 3.

I respectfully request that candidates keep their families out of the political arena and stick to the political issues. The modern family has changed from “traditional” to “non-traditional.” My husband’s opponent is showing what he doesn’t know and apparently doesn’t value. I do not appreciate his using family to grandstand. District 38 is diverse, and we need someone who understands all of its complexities.

Marilyn Guttenberg

Fairbanks

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