By Dave Donaldson
Sitka’s mayor has filed to challenge Lisa Murkowski in her re-election campaign this year. Scott McAdams says he’s joining the race to take a local perspective to the nation’s capitol – and having someone connected to local communities would better serve the interests of Alaskans
What I represent is a new vision. I think at the local level, we understand how to get things done in a little bit different way. Oftentimes we’ll set a vision, we’ll structure it through policy and budget, we have to provide a balanced budget to our citizens, we often advocate for our vision and we hold ourselves accountable to it. It’s a different model than D-C partisan politics.
McAdams recognizes himself as the underdog candidate, saying Murkowski is better known throughout the state, is well-known, intelligent and is very articulate. However, he believes his message of returning the seat to the people will get a better reception from voters than what he sees as national party leadership – or the views of one person.
There’s a lot of work to do to change opinions, to change hearts and minds – and particularly as it relates to the development of our resources. I don’t know that the status quo, that the method and style that’s been taken over the last eight years is actually going to ever render the opening of ANWR. I don’t know that people who are convinced otherwise are ever going to change their minds unless we take a new tactic.
McAdams has been elected to local positions for eight years. This is his first appearance in a statewide race. He will initially face Frank Vondersaar and Jacob Kern in the Democratic Primary in August.