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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:07 am

Oct. 2, 2012

To the editor:

Rep. David Guttenberg and I have served together for 10 years, and I have known him for longer. I have worked directly with Rep. Guttenberg every day — he served as whip for four years and now has been on the Finance Committee for two years.

David is one of the best legislators in the state. Intelligent, compassionate and focused, David brings an understanding not only of the process, but of people. Often legislators will be good at one or the other — David has both.

David has been a very effective legislator for Fairbanks and Interior Alaska. His amendments and floor speeches have made a tangible impact on important issues from oil taxes to gas line bills to education and health care. His work for veterans, parks and schools is well established and respected.

Unlike many, David is not out to seek praise or a lot of press. He’s willing to do the work outside the spotlight with legislators from both parties to advance ideas that help Fairbanks, the Interior and all of Alaska.

I also want to mention that David is a committed friend and family person. There are many days where I seek David out for his good advice and strong character. He is there when you need him most.

I have heard that Rep. Guttenberg’s opponent is using negative campaigning against him, trying to paint a different picture. I hope that people will look at David’s record and call him or me if they have any questions. Fairbanks and western Alaska need strong, caring, intelligent representation. David Guttenberg is all that and more. Thank you for this opportunity to write.

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