Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sara Hannan explained why she's running for House District 33 representing downtown Juneau, Douglas and Northern Lynn Canal communities while a guest on Action Line Monday.
Hannan said she was consumed with her duties as a classroom teacher for the Juneau School District until her retirement in 2016 which coincided with the elections in the Fall of that year. She had time then to reengage with community groups and activities.
So Hannan said that experience evolved into what she called a "put up or shut up" situation where you just can't talk about improving politics, but rather jumping right in with two feet..
Hannan was the master of ceremonies for the Women's March in January. At the time, she said they were actively seeking women to run for office. Hannan said she pursued a number of former students, but she said many women don't jump into public office because of issues that might derail their family or career. Hannan said it kept coming back around to the fact that she should be the one to run since she was in a position in her life where it would not derail her family or career.
Hannan is seeking the Democratic nomination where she will face three other candidates, Steven Handy, James Hart and Tom Morphet, in the August Primary Election. Chris Dimond is running as an independent. His name will appear on November's General Election ballot.