Political race heats up in early 2014

Election season is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean the campaigning hasn't begun.

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE- Election season is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean the campaigning hasn't begun.

   
Two U.S. Senate candidates gunning for the current seat held by Senator Mark Begich went head to head Monday in Anchorage.
 
Of all the political races to watch for the 2014 season, the battle for U.S. Senator Begich's seat is seconds away from kicking into overdrive.
   
At an open forum in downtown Anchorage, former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell shared their visions for Alaska if they make it into Congress.
 
"I don't believe in the word can't. We can get so much done," says Sullivan.
 
Both Senate candidates pride themselves on being family men, which is what candidate Sullivan says fuels his political agenda.
 
"As leaders, all of us agree, we need to leave a better future for our kids, and that's not happening."
 
The state's 13th lieutenant governor has a three point to-do list: putting the focus on the fiscal, liberties, and the last frontier.
 
Says Treadwell, "Bring decision-making home. Fight for the Alaska agenda."
 
Current Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says it's too early to show support for any single candidate.
     
While she acknowledges she and Senator Begich work fairly well together in Washington, a Repubilican majority would open up different doors for Alaska.
 
"I would become the enegery chair."
 
There is a third candidate for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller. He declined the invitation to speak at the Monday forum.
     
For now, these two Alaskans admit this is a friendly race and either one of them could be a solid choice for Alaska.