Samuels To Run for Governor in 2010
-Cites Need for Leadership Now for Alaska's Future-
(Anchorage) Former State Representative Ralph Samuels today announced that
he will be a candidate for Governor, challenging incumbent Governor Sean
Parnell in the Republican primary that will be held on August 24, 2010.
Samuels made his announcement at a News Conference at the Dena'ina
Convention Center in Anchorage Tuesday afternoon.
Under the banner "Leadership Now," Samuels launched his candidacy citing the
dire need for proactive leadership to preserve and secure Alaska's future.
"We must take the opportunity to look forward not just one year or even five
years, but ten and twenty years ahead to ensure we are making the right
choices for Alaska's future," Samuels said. "I believe we need leadership
now in order to ensure a strong future" for our state.
Samuels, 48, put the state's economy as among his top priorities, including
the continuing decline in oil exploration in Alaska and the uncertain future
of an Alaska natural gas pipeline project. He also pledged to work as
Governor on pressing education issues, public safety and the state's
infrastructure needs. Samuels was motivated to get involved in public
service after his older brother Duane was tragically murdered in Anchorage
over twenty years ago.
In his announcement, Samuels cited his roots in rural Alaska, including his
childhood spent in Nome, Fairbanks, King Salmon and Metlakatla, where he
graduated from high school. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Samuels spent most of his professional career as an executive with PenAir
and, more recently, has been Vice-President for Community and Government
Affairs for Holland America, based in Anchorage. Active in local community
and civic affairs, Samuels served as Chairman of Anchorage Chamber of
Commerce, on the Anchorage Public Safety Advisory Commission, and on the
Anchorage Budget Commission.
Samuels served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008
representing District 29 in South Anchorage and, in his final term, served
as House Majority Leader. He was also co-chair of the House Resources
Samuels will file his formal state candidate paperwork in Anchorage on
Tuesday afternoon, December 8.