To the editor: Mary Nordale may be the most-qualified person to ever run for local public office. I decided to check her out because I was sorely disappointed when I checked out the record and background of the guy running against her.
Mary has served as staff to Sen. Bob Bartlett; Alaska commissioner of revenue; a district attorney; an assistant federal district attorney; and a member of the Alaska Permanent Fund board of directors. She served during a time of good growth for the permanent fund. Mary helped grow the fund that Alaskans depend on in these tough times. Mary is still working as an attorney. Her work on boards to benefit kids and adults with disabilities has made our community a better place.
It’s no secret the Interior Gas Utility Board has been fleeced by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The board needs someone with knowledge of money management and financing. Mary has been around long enough to know who and what to watch out for when these projects are planned. We need to have money to pay for projects that don’t break our backs before we can build them. That makes sense to me.
When Frank Abegg resigned, after laying out problems AIDEA left for the IGU, I wondered who might step up that could be able to possibly fill his shoes. I think the IGU board needs Mary’s knowledge and experience more than ever.
Collectively, Nordale has served this borough honorably for more than 100 years, by my count. When you get in the voting booth, remember Nordale Road, Nordale School and Mary Nordale‚ the best choice for the Interior Gas Utility Seat B. Vote for Mary, you’ll be glad you did.