Kelly Tshibaka continues to unveil her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today unveiled principles and proposals to improve public safety under her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda. Tshibaka will support funding for police departments, increased punishment for sexual crimes, funding for tribes and rural Alaska projects, and increased crackdowns on human trafficking. Tshibaka is running for the Senate against 21 year incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “Protecting the citizens is one of the primary functions of government and there are too many people in Washington undermining that responsibility,” Tshibaka said. “Lisa Murkowski has voted for too many of Joe Biden’s nominees who support defunding the police, or who have a record of being lenient on child pornographers. When I’m in the Senate, I will only support policies and nominees that keep Alaskans safe.” As part of her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda, Tshibaka made the following pledges regarding public safety:
I will fight for and prioritize public safety across Alaska. I pledge to support law enforcement and always fund the police.
I will be a voice in the Senate advocating for all forgotten Alaskans, including missing and murdered indigenous women and children, and those who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
I will support critical infrastructure necessary for public safety, like the life saving King Cove Road. I will only support nominees and judges who will support these projects, and I will not take campaign donations from groups who are profiting off the road or other critical Alaskan infrastructure not being built.
I will support increased penalties for violent crime, sexual assault, and domestic abuse. I will also support increased penalties on cyber predators and those convicted of child pornography.
I will advocate for more funds under Public Law 280 through tribal/state memorandum of agreement (MOAs) and partnerships, which have new potential through Tribal Recognition, recently passed by the Alaska Legislature. These funds can be used for efforts like rape kits, detention centers, rural police, and reinvigorating the rural guard.
I will combat human trafficking, recognizing that Alaska has the highest rate of missing people in the nation. We are never truly free until those in bondage live equally free. People are not property.
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.