JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Assembly District One Candidate Arnold Liebelt talked about his candidacy while a guest on Action Line Wednesday.
Liebelt explained why he decided to run.
"I've been thinking about running for a while," began Liebelt. "As you may recall, when the vacancy opened on the Assembly and Mary Becker stepped into the mayor's seat, I applied for that vacancy. It was a really great experience. I enjoyed being interviewed with the Assembly, and I realized I have a skill set here that can make a difference. I think we need people on the Assembly to have a real clear vision of where we are going. I think we need people that have independent thinking, can use database decision making, and, above all, I really want to protect our quality of life."
He also talked about how his background will help on the Assembly.
"I've got 23 years with the state. The last four years were with the Office of Management and Budget in the governor's office. I was hired under the Parnell Administration, and I worked with really, really great people. I had a lot of great experience there, and I developed a skill set: how to work with people of varying interests. We have a lot of constituent groups come into the office asking for money and pushing different types of agendas, and I really had to learn how to use my skill set to work across party lines, with different legislators, and with different departments to get the job done. "
Liebelt is running against incumbent Mary Becker and William Quayle, Junior.