Parnell Finishes First Year in Office

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Monday is the first anniversary of Sean Parnell’s tenure in the governor’s office.  He says the transition has been easy, once he got past the job of ending the national media attention centered on the office.  He says that allowed him to focus on the more important task of trying to bring the state together again.

Parnell has also tried to unify the state’s delegation in Washington DC.   Congressman Don Young says that’s one of the highlights of the governor’s first year.

Parnell says he’s focused on dealing with what’s important to him – not what has been important in the past.  He refers to the merit-based scholarship program, changes to the educational system, and the fight against domestic violence.

Parnell says that part of making the transition into the governor’s office was continuing his practice of talking to as many people as possible – even those who disagree with him.  Parnell has six opponents in the Republican Primary that will be held August 24.

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