By REP. SHARON JACKSON
I am moved to hear how successful the Republican Party Unity Gala was on Friday evening in Anchorage.
It broke my heart to miss the event, but I attended the 2019 American Legislative Exchange Council, which was very educational. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson was a guest speaker, and he did a fabulous job representing the great state of Alaska. He received a standing ovation.
At least 10 members of the Republican League of Anchorage/Eagle River Club, known as the Republican Women of Anchorage, were in attendance at the gala. They shared pictures with me through the evening, because they knew I longed to be there to share this special event. Anyone that knows me, knows I appreciate the value of “Unity”.
I would first like to thank our Alaska Republican Party Chairman Glenn Clary, gala organizer Jodi Taylor, and all those who worked endless hours in putting this event together.
I would also like to give a special shout out to those that made donations so that our active duty military members and veterans were able to participate in this powerful unity of people who love our Alaska. I know they enjoyed this event and felt apart of our ARP community.
I feel we needed this event after a challenging year. This shows the resilience of our people and gives hope for better years to come.
I’ve learned a lot as a freshmen legislator but there are two things that are at the top the list of many:
1. Treat every day as a new opportunity to do the best I can for the people of Alaska.
2. Learn to separate what people do from who they are. It makes it easier to forgive and remember we are all human, and pray we have another day to right any wrongs we have done to offend anyone.
It is important to keep our integrity in the Republican Party we represent and the love for God, family and country. Representing the voices of the people who depend on us to do the “right” thing, I have faith that the Unity Gala’s success shows there is promise for a victorious 2020. “United We Stand, Divided we Fall.”
Let’s move into 2020 to “Make Alaska Great Again.”