The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By LEE REVIS
Valdez Star 

Open House: Sen. Shower to make first official visit to Valdez this Sunday

Late-February appointment as a lawmaker precluded travel through the district

 

Screen grab Alaska Legislature

Sen. Mike Shower represents Valdez and District E in the Alaska Senate.

Valdez constituents will get their first chance to meet their State Senator on home turf later this week.

Sen. Mike Shower, who represents Valdez in Senate District E, will host an open house this Sunday, May 27, at the Legislative Information Office, (LIO).

Visitors will need to ring the doorbell located at the front entrance of the state building on Meals Ave. to gain entrance because the offices inside are normally closed on weekends according to LIO Tony Gorman, who runs the Valdez office.

Light refreshments will be served according to Gorman.

The Wasilla republican was appointed to the State Senate seat by Gov. Bill Walker in late February to replace Mike Dunleavey, who resigned his elected seat to concentrate on his entry into the 2018 race for governor.

It will be Shower's first official visit to Valdez as a lawmaker since the appointment.

Shower was forced to hit the ground running, entering the Alaska Senate in mid-session during a tumultuous pollical climate which precluded visiting the areas in District E while the legislature was in session in Juneau.

Since his late-February appointment and all through the legislative session, Shower met with constituents in Juneau and even hosted live events through Facebook.

He also used social media to explain his position and votes on legislative matters - including a post at the end of the session that reads in part: It's been an honor to see and take part in some of the legislation that will benefit Alaskans, help our economy, and fight the crime we've been seeing take over our streets, but big battles remain to be fought. Perhaps this will always be the case, constant vigilance is the price we must pay to hold on to what freedoms we still have. It was also a privilege to have been part of the effort to block legislation we shouldn't be passing.

While electioneering is not on Sunday's agenda, Shower is running for election to retain his appointed seat on the Alaska Senate. So far, his official opponents are two people who also vied to be appointed to the vacant set for Senate District E: Rep. George Rauscher and Randall Kowalke, R-Willow.

 

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