It is with heartfelt gratitude that my 57 years on this earth have been spent as a citizen of the United States, with nearly all of them as a resident of southern Southeast Alaska and the two most recent years as an Independent Alaskan Representative for District 36.
Like the majority of people in this country, I have been blessed by abundant freedom and opportunity. Much of that opportunity originated from our founding fathers, who believed in the simple, but revolutionary concept of “government by the people for the people.” More than ever, I believe in that concept today: A government must remain by the people and for the people.
Ketchikan has been an extraordinary place for me to grow up and a wonderful place for my wife Lori and I to raise our children. There is a very real sense of community in our region that is becoming a rarity in our country as time progresses. As District 36 Representative, it has been a pleasure getting to know the people of southern Southeast Alaska even better. Like Ketchikan and Saxman, anyone who lives in the communities of Hydaburg, Hyder, Loring, Metlakatla or Wrangell understands and can attest to the outpouring of love and support from people of all religious, social, economic and political backgrounds.
Getting re-elected to any political office is an undertaking that can only be achieved by ordinary citizens with the gumption and initiative to work hard while enlisting the help of friends and supporters. For this I thank you. As I file once again as a non-partisan independent for election to the Alaska State House of Representatives, I publicly re-affirm my pledge to listen first and represent the viewpoints of the residents of District 36. My “party” is the good people of Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Hyder, and Loring, Alaska. Together we form a Government by the people, for the people, and that remains a simple, but revolutionary concept. I am working for YOU! ~ Dan Ortiz