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About Debra

As a lifelong Alaskan and Denai’na Athabascan from the Knik Tribe, I have deep roots in our great state. My grandmother set up a fish camp on the bluffs overlooking Cook Inlet on what is now JBER. As the daughter of an Army man and the wife of an Air Force veteran, I also understand the special role the military and military families hold in Alaska.

I put myself through college, raised a family, and helped my husband Rusty start a small animal veterinary clinic that grew into a successful business. As a mom, a wife, and a businesswoman I am intimately familiar with the challenges facing women, families, and small businesses here.

I have years of experience in executive management, rural economic development, and workforce development. I know what it takes to ensure that large projects are completed on time and on budget.

I am running for Lt. Governor because Alaska is at a crossroads: do we settle for the same short-term band-aid approaches that got us into the fiscal, education, and safety crises we’re now in or do we embrace a bold vision to create a diversified, sustainable Alaskan future?