Listicle: Diverse group of tourism leaders endorse Sullivan for Senate



A bipartisan group of over 50 Alaskans from the tourism and travel industry endorsed Sen. Dan Sullivan for reelection, citing work he has done on behalf of tourism operators over the past six years as Alaska’s senator.

Sullivan thanked the group and mentioned that he is busy in D.C. working on passing his marine debris legislation known as Save Our Seas, which must pass the Senate one more time before heading to the president’s desk for a signature.
The group of Alaskan tour operators included:
Matt Atkinson, Northern Alaska Tour Company – Fairbanks
Duane Bannock, Uptown Motel – Kenai
Bob Berto, Southeast Stevedoring – Ketchikan
Ethan Berto, Survey Point Holdings – Ketchikan
John Binkley, Riverboat Discovery – Fairbanks
Isabelle Bornemann, AK Travel Connections – Wasilla
Jamey Cagle, Allen Marine – Sitka
Bob Candopoulos, Saltwater Safaris – Seward
Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company – Anchorage
Kirby Day, Holland America Line/Princess – Juneau
Russell Dick, Hoonah Totem Corporation – Hoonah
Bob Dindinger, Alaska Travel Adventures – Juneau
Lalanya Downs, CLIA-Alaska – Anchorage
Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge – Fairbanks
Carol Fraser, Aspen Hotels – Anchorage
Charlie Grimm, BAC Transportation – Anchorage
Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours – Anchorage
Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines – Anchorage
Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska – Anchorage
Shannon Hasty, Northstar Helicopters – Juneau
Mandy Hawes, Alyeska Resort – Girdwood
Tyler Hickman, Icy Straight Point – Hoonah
Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures – Girdwood
Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours – Anchorage
Bob Jacobsen, Wings Airways – Juneau
Craig Jennison, Temsco Helicopters – Juneau
Holly Johnson, Wings Airways/Taku Glacier Lodge – Juneau
Al Koch, All Alaska Tours – Anchorage
Colby Lawrence, Major Marine Tours – Seward
Wendy Lindskoog, Royal Caribbean Group – Anchorage
Patti Mackey, Visit Ketchikan – Ketchikan
Laura Martinson, Caribou Crossings – Juneau
Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours – Juneau
Kyle McDonnell, Alaska Travel and Transportation – Juneau
Chris McGraw, Halibut Point Marine Services – Sitka
Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures – Anchorage
Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours – Statewide
Jay Ramras, Pikes Landing – Fairbanks
Fred Reeder, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska – Sitka
Tyler Rose, White Pass Yukon Railroad – Skagway
Brien Salazar, Taquan Airlines – Ketchikan
Ralph Samuels, Holland America Line/Princess – Anchorage
Dave Schilling, Uptown Motel – Kenai
Avery Smith, Enterprise Car Rental – Anchorage
Mike Stedman, Alaska Seaplanes – Juneau
Colleen Stephens – Valdez
Tom Tougas, Harbor 360 Hotel – Seward
Ken Ward, Taku Glacier Lodge – Juneau
Michelle Ward, Taku Glacier Lodge – Juneau
Bonnie Westlund, Denali Princess Lodge – Denali
Tennelle Wise, Denali Bluff Hotel/Grande Denali Lodge – Denali
Tim Worthen, Premier Alaska Tours – Anchorage

Sullivan has also received the endorsement of the United Fishermen of Alaska, which represents over 60 fishing organizations.


  1. Why no Bristol Bay catch-and-release trout operators? Sullivan made it clear he is smartly against the mine. If they were smart, they should not support outside anti-development Leftists.

  2. This is great. I’m glad to see so many leaders of this industry step up and show support.
    In my opinion, having been in business for over 20 years in Alaska and in medicine all that time, Dan Sullivan, is Alaska’s only choice in this race!!

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