Community Perspective

Recall Dunleavy is best option to save the state from economic ruin

As a Fairbanks business owner and longtime Alaskan who is concerned about the threats that Gov. Mike Dunleavy poses to our economy, I write these words on behalf of the Recall Dunleavy Campaign and over 49,000 of my fellow Alaskans who signed the recall application.

Like me, thousands of Alaskans are worried about the future of our state and the dangerous lack of leadership we’ve seen to date from Gov. Dunleavy. The recall effort is the best option available to Alaskans to prevent economic devastation. With three school-aged children, to wait another three years for this governor’s destructive cuts, vetoes and policies to end is not a viable option for me.

Every year we hear people complain about legislative gridlock and the challenges associated with lawmakers getting the budget back on track. More important than the predictable Juneau issues that plague us each year is the option to recall this governor.

The facts remain: Gov. Dunleavy has violated the separation of powers by punishing the judiciary when the courts make decisions he does not like. He has refused to appoint a judge in a timely manner. Those are only two of the legal reasons for the recall.

For those who seek more information about the legal proceedings associated with fighting Dunleavy’s administration, please know that we have hired some of the best lawyers in the state to champion this cause. And while many people have incorrectly assumed that this effort could take years, we believe that we will advance this campaign in a number of months.

Yes, there may be a legal fight in front of the Recall Dunleavy effort. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what’s right for Alaska. We will take the fight to them and we will win. Quickly.

We have a governor who has promised more cuts, exacerbating the devastating blows he’s already made to Alaska’s economy. He has killed jobs and decimated consumer confidence, all while we watch our friends and neighbors move out of our state. His policies, fueled by the opposite of common sense and Alaska values, are extreme and harmful.

I remain singularly focused on one goal. With help from fellow Fairbanks residents, we can get this done. We need to recall Gov. Dunleavy.

Aaron Welterlen owns W. V. Builders Inc. His family has called Alaska home for over 20 years.


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