February 15, 2022

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, is a parent with 20 years of experience as a schoolteacher, two master’s degrees in education, a history of involvement with teachers’ unions, and no prior experience in public office.

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