March 4, 2022

Press Advisory: Gara, Cook, Other Candidates Invited To Address Southwest Alaska Economic Development Group (SWAMC) in Anchorage Friday

ANCHORAGE — Alaska Democratic gubernatorial candidate Les Gara and running mate Jessica Cook plan to address the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on Friday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. All other candidates have also been invited to speak as well.

A nonprofit economic development organization representing Southwest Alaska, SWAMC works regionally to promote economic opportunity, improve quality of life, and spur responsible long-term development. Some 150 local government and tribal leaders from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak are expected to attend the two-day event scheduled for March 3-4.

“We believe in thriving rural communities. We’ll end discriminatory policies like repeated attempts to take $1 billion from our rural PCE Fund. Rural Alaskans deserve a Governor who listens to them, not one who fights with them,” said Gara and Cook.

To learn more about the candidates and their priorities for Alaska, visit the Gara-Cook campaign website at For information about attending the SWAMC Economic Summit and Membership Meeting, visit