After 20 years of serving in the public sector, Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard is ready for a change. Like more time with grandchildren and family.
The House member from District 7, Wasilla started as a valley planning commissioner in 1999, then was on the city council before working in the Legislature, and then for three governors: Murkowski, Palin, and Parnell. Then she was back on the Wasilla City Council before running for State House in 2016, for the seat vacated by former Rep. Lynn Gattis. She won that seat handily.
There’s nothing more complicated behind the decision than just being ready for a change. “Twenty years is a long time to serve in the public sector, and I’m looking forward to spending time with family, not being gone from my grandkids, and maybe eventually looking at other opportunities,” she said.
This year will be her last in the Legislature. Whoever wins the seat in the November election will take office in January, 2021.
District 7 has already had a meeting on the topic and is looking for good candidates. Those interested should contact District Chair Glenda Ledford at 907-355-0562.
There are no shortage of good quality conservatives in District 7, Sullivan-Leonard noted.
It could end up being a lively primary season in this deeply conservative part of Alaska.
Sullivan-Leonard is one of the 16-member House minority Republicans and has been a leader for reducing wasteful government spending.