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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Nov. 10, 2012

To the editor:

I wonder what would have happened if the people who voted for Bird had voted for Stevens, if Nader had not run for president, if Republicans had been united behind one candidate when Knowles ran for governor. What would have happened if some “independents” had not attempted to spoil the Republican primary by voting for Young instead of Parnell? (Be careful, sometimes you get who you vote for.)

Now I wonder what would have happened if Ms. Shockley, aide to Sen. Al Kookesh, D-Angoon, for eight years, had not run. Looking at the vote breakdown in the News-Miner, it’s logical to assume she diverted a large number of votes from Alan Dick, especially in the Bush. Without her, Dick probably would have won.

Then the Bush would have been represented by an experienced state House representative, someone who understood the unique issues of the Bush and had the ability and desire to visit frequently.

All of District 38 would be represented by a member of the majority party, greatly increasing the ability to procure resources and introduce bills. Dick would have been capable of representing all people in this diverse district.

So thanks, Ms. Shockley. Rep. Guttenberg and the Democratic Party should send you flowers.

Joanne Klumb


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