Juneau, Alaska (KINY) After 15 years on the Juneau Board of Education Andy Story has set her sights on the State Capital.
Story announced she would run for the state house at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library Thursday surrounded by family, friends and supporters. She will run in the democratic primary in August. Independent candidate Rob Edwardson is also running in the primary.
Story said her top issues will be a state fiscal plan. She said the plan, when done right, is necessary to have a stable economy, "It provides certainty to the private sector to create more jobs in Alaska. A fiscal plan will maintain state jobs, which provide the public services all Alaskans expect and deserve for a good quality life."
She said tourism in southeast Alaska must be promoted more and the community must continue to make Juneau the best capital city it can be.
Another issue of importance will be education. She said she wants to see increases in education funding, ""We must keep up with rising costs. This way we can keep teachers and maintain support services for our students to help ensure that they graduate."
She also promised to work with the federal government to get more financial support for education.
Other issues she mentioned included lower health care costs, and public safety. She also wants to address the police officer shortage with new incentives.
She said she is optimistic about the state's future because of its people, "The key to Alaska moving forward is civility, respect and dialogue amongst all of us. I am convinced that Alaskans can come together as a statewide community -- whether Democrat, Independent or Republican -- to advance the best legislation for serious issues facing Alaskans. That’s how we get things done.
She also voiced support for Juneau Access funding.