““You can’t just tear down a state – you have to build it up,” he said.
He said the state currently has a construction budget – “not counting this year of Russian blood money” – that’s 75 percent smaller than it was in 2014, and the state is losing opportunities as a result to put people to work in multiple sectors.
“I would put people before the oil industry,” he said. “I believe in being partners with our oil industry, but I don’t believe in being junior partners. And this governor has made us junior partners.”
Gara said he sees abortion rights and a woman’s right to choice – and the right to privacy – as “front and center of this election.” The right to privacy is established in the Alaska constitution.”