February 23, 2022

Gara’s gubernatorial running mate has education, military background

By The Cordova Times | February 21, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Les Gara has named Palmer educator Jessica Cook to his ticket as lieutenant governor, saying she brings the energy, intelligence and needed perspective to a state where people see little commitment to public education.

Cook, who teaches in Eagle River, has earned two master’s of education degrees. Born in Alaska, Cook is a former vice president of both Alaska’s and Anchorage’s education associations. Raised in a military family, she is married to an Air Force veteran. The couple has three children and five grandchildren.

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