Alaska Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Poe leaves race for Governor
Candidate for Governor Bob Poe urges Alaskans not to be complacent in upcoming election
June 14, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska-Today gubernatorial candidate Bob Poe announced he is stepping out of the race for Governor of Alaska.
"Although running for Governor of this great state the last 17 months has been one of the most gratifying and enriching experiences of my life, I believe it is time for me to step out of the race." Poe added, "In today's economy I am unable to raise the funds necessary to gain the broad statewide name recognition required to win the race for Governor. Since I came into this race as a new name for many Alaskans the hurdle is simply higher for someone who has not been a professional politician."
Poe announced his run for Governor on January 8, 2009 and ran on the platform of developing and diversifying Alaska's economy so Alaskans can build a sustainable future here for themselves and their families.
"We have the opportunity in Alaska to take the cushion oil and gas development has afforded us and build a more sustainable future. However, that requires we have leadership, vision and frankly the courage to take the risks necessary to build that future. As a people, Alaskans are more optimistic than the rest of the country, we believe in our dreams and we are willing to make the effort and often take the risks to see them become a reality," said Poe.
Poe has served four Governors during his 29-year career in Alaska. He has been deeply involved in a variety of economic development efforts including leading Alaska's marketing and negotiating teams to attract the FedEx and UPS cargo hubs to Anchorage, helping to form the Alaska Heart Institute, heading the state's investment bank, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and leading Anchorage's economic development as CEO of Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.
"I have spent most of my adult life serving this state and working to make Alaska a better place, that was the reason I stepped up to the plate to run for Governor during the Palin administration. I could not stand by and watch the future of Alaska take a back seat to personal political ambitions" Poe added. "But my greatest concern right now is voters may simply choose to settle for the status quo rather than challenge our next Governor to have a compelling vision for our state. However, I do remain optimistic about Alaska's future because Alaskans are in charge of the outcome of this election."