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AARP Alaska Posts Video Voter Guides on YouTube

Candidates for U.SSenate, U.S. House, Governor and Lt. Governor interviewed

ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Alaska announces the launch of a series of video interviews with candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governor and Lt. Governor. The interviews are located at www.youtube.com/aarpalaska.

Each candidate had time for an opening and a closing statement. Candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House were asked questions on Social Security, deficit reduction, Medicare fraud and access to physicians. Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor were asked questions on Alaska’s previous “Defined Benefit” retirement system, financial incentives and loan repayment for health care professionals, and rate reviews for home and community based services providers.

U.S. Senate

U.S. House

Governor

Lt. Governor

Fredrick “David” Haase

John Cox

Ethan Berkowitz

Diane Benson

Jacob Seth Kern (1)

Harry Crawford

Hollis French

Jeffrey Brown (1)

Scott McAdams

Sheldon Fisher

Gerald Heikes

Eddie Burke

Joe Miller

Don Young

Merica Hlatcu

Bob Lupo

Lisa Murkowski

Sam Little

Lynnette Moreno-Hinz

Frank Vondersaar

Sean Parnell

Jack Powers

Ralph Samuels

Jay Ramras

Billy Toien

Mead Treadwell

Bill Walker

Donald Wright (1)

(1)This candidate did not respond to phone calls, mail and/or email requests.

In addition to notifying AARP members in Alaska of the video voter guides using direct mail, AARP will also be advertising the guides on Facebook.

Ken Osterkamp, AARP Alaska state director welcomes viewers on the YouTube site. Ann Secrest, AARP Alaska Director of Communications conducted the interviews between July 24 and August 12.

“While AARP does not endorse candidates or make political contributions, what we can do is make information readily available so voters can make informed decisions,” said Secrest. “We conducted these interviews so voters have more information about each candidate before Alaska’s primary election on August 24.”

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org.  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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