About Jessica Cook

About Jessica

Jessica is running because she believes in an Alaska where all students receive a quality education. An Alaska where graduates of our public schools are prepared for postsecondary or vocation-technology education and have the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge in a workforce that shows respect in the form of a living wage. An Alaska looking ahead with hope toward the future, rather than continuing business as usual, while expecting better results.

A lifelong Alaskan, Jessica was born at Elmendorf Air Force Base (now part of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson). After her mother was killed when she was 3, Jessica was adopted into a tight-knit family in Eagle River. In fact, 5 generations of her family continue to live around our great state! Jessica learned about service to others watching her family serve Alaska in military service, both active duty and Air National Guard, law enforcement, volunteer fire service, and, of course, education. Growing up with influences from military and public service taught Jessica the importance of service to others in addition to the value of integrity and a strong work ethic.

Though she faced adversity early in life, having lost her mother when she was three years old, she was fortunate to have learned from educators that instilled a love of learning in her. Jessica is a proud product of Alaska’s K-12 public schools. Being a lifelong learner, Jessica went to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to pursue a degree in education. She has been teaching in the Anchorage School District for more than two decades, during which time she earned two master’s degrees in education.

Jessica continues to have a vested interest in Alaska’s future. She and her husband, Ed, a veteran of the US Air Force, are parents to three daughters and grandparents to five grandchildren, all of whom currently live in Alaska. Jobs providing a living wage, quality education, and public safety are all building blocks of a bright future for our state.

With years of advocacy experience and working with legislators, Jessica is not a status quo politician. She believes it is time to change the status quo. It is time to build a better, brighter future for Alaska and her people. It is time to vote, not for party, but for commitment, integrity, and a new tomorrow.

Media Coverage

  • Teacher Jessica Cook joins Les Gara’s gubernatorial ticket
    by Matt Buxton, Midnightsunak.com February 14, 2022 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Les Gara settled his ticket today when he announced Jessica Cook, a six-grade teacher at Eagle River’s Alpenglow Elementary School, as his pick for lieutenant governor. Gara and Cook make for the only Democratic ticket currently slated for this year’s gubernatorial race, which has drawn […]
  • Press Release: Jessica Cook, Teacher & Former Education Association V.P.,  Announces Run For Lt. Governor 
    “People deserve a better future with strong schools, good jobs and a living wage, not a state people are leaving.” Today Palmer resident, teacher, and former vice president for both Alaska’s and Anchorage’s education associations announced she’s running for Lt. Governor alongside gubernatorial candidate Les Gara. Alaska-born Cook, who teaches in Eagle River said, “I’m running because […]
  • Les Gara picks teacher Jessica Cook as running mate in Alaska governor’s race
    By Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage -February 14, 2022 Les Gara has chosen school teacher and education advocate Jessica Cook to be his running mate in the race to become Alaska’s next governor.  “She’s been an amazing advocate in the Legislature, she understands her way around the political system. And she is not a fan […]
  • Democratic governor candidate Les Gara picks Anchorage teacher as his running mate
    By James Brooks | Anchorage Daily News, February 15, 2022 Democratic governor candidate Les Gara on Monday named Jessica Cook of Palmer as his lieutenant governor candidate for this fall’s general election. Gara and Cook are the only Democratic candidates in the race so far. The deadline to enter is June 1. Cook, born in Anchorage, […]