Kelly Tshibaka introduces her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today began to roll out her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda, a comprehensive plan that will include principles and policy priorities she will champion when she is elected to the Senate. Over the coming weeks and months, Tshibaka will be announcing specific policies in a range of issue areas, beginning with her plans to revive Alaska’s economy by creating jobs and encouraging growth. The “It’s Time for a Change” blueprint is posted on Tshibaka’s campaign website with an introductory video. Tshibaka is challenging 20-year incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has turned her back on Alaskans in favor of remaining popular with the Washington, D.C. insiders. “No matter where I travel in Alaska or who I talk to, the message I hear is always the same: ‘It’s time for a change,’” Tshibaka said. “Alaskans want to know where their U.S. senator stands on important issues that affect their lives, and they don’t want to be stuck guessing whether Lisa Murkowski will side with them or vote with her D.C. elite friends again. My ‘It’s Time for a Change’ vision tells Alaskans exactly what they can expect and how I’ll vote when I’m their next senator.” As each policy area is unveiled, Tshibaka’s “It’s Time for a Change” agenda will form a thorough and definitive statement of how she will approach government as a senator. It will contain clear expressions of positions and principles on a range of issues she will tackle, in order to: ● Revive the Alaska economy ● Reclaim our rights ● Reform healthcare so it works ● Require equal, legal, and safe immigration ● Restore voting rights ● Repair foreign relations ● Re-establish basic principles “Lisa Murkowski was literally handed her seat in the Senate by her father when he appointed her to complete his unexpired term when he was elected governor,” Tshibaka said. “She’s a career politician, a descendant of the 50-year Murkowski political dynasty, who has never understood what impact her bad decisions have on normal Alaskans. In D.C., you have to compromise preferences, but not principles. Murkowski surrenders both, but it’s Alaskans who pay the price. The people are demanding a change, and when I’m elected, Alaskans can count on me to fight for these principles and policy priorities.” Tshibaka, who was born and raised in Alaska, has spent her career exposing fraud and abuse in government and served as Commissioner of Administration for the State of Alaska until she stepped down to announce her campaign. Her father was a union electrician and Vietnam War veteran, and her mother was one of the first workers at the startup of Prudhoe Bay, one of Alaska's large oil fields. Her parents were homeless for a time in the 1970s but fought their way into the working class. Tshibaka graduated from Steller Secondary School in Anchorage and was the first in her family to pursue a college degree, beginning her studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage before graduating from college and law school. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, Niki, and their five children.