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Les Gara
Alaska House of Representatives District 23
Incumbent
Assumed office
2003
Current term ends
2010
Political party Democrat
Profession Owner, LG Writing and Research
Website House site
Les Gara is a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 23rd District since 2003.

Gara is a freelance writer and owner of LG Writing and Research. He has previously worked as a Law Partner with Friedman, Rubin and White, and an Attorney with private and public practice.

Gara is a life member of the Alaska Flyfishers Association, and volunteers with the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brother Francis Shelter, and Camp Fire.[1]

Elections

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gara is running for re-election to the 23rd District Seat in 2010. He has no opposition. The general election takes place on November 2, 2010.

2008

In 2008 Gara was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 23. Gara (D) ran unopposed and finished with 4,952 votes.[2] Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund.[3]

Alaska House of Representatives District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Les Gara (D) 4,952

Campagin donors

2008

In 2008 Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund. Five of his top contributors are listed below.[4]

Contributor 2008 total
Carpenters Local 1281 $2,000
AK State Employees Assoc Local 52 $2,000
Public Safety Employees Assoc $1,500
Operating Engineers Local 302 $1,500
AK Public Employees Assoc $1,500

Issue positions

Gara's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he replied:

"I will keep working form expanded pre-k education, because the studies show that it results in higher graduation rates, lower crime rates, and greater success for students. I will keep supporting increased university and job training financial aid so that income isn't a factor in whether someone can reach for success.

I'll keep fighting for a stronger minimum wage; better renewable energy funding; good pensions for government workers; and universal access to quality medical care. I will also keep working to protect our access rights to Alaska's public lands, and our ability to enjoy Alaska's fishing, hunting and recreational areas."[5]

Committee assignments

  • HB 45 - "An Act relating to certain investments of the Alaska permanent fund, the state's retirement systems, the State of Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan, and the deferred compensation program for state employees in companies that do business in Sudan, and restricting those investments."
  • HB 148 -"An Act relating to a state energy use reduction plan and energy efficiency improvement contracts and to energy audits of public buildings conducted by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities;
  • HB 237 - "An Act prohibiting certain per diem payments and delaying the payment of salaries to legislators based on the failure to adopt an education operating budget before March 1 of each fiscal year."[6]

External links

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska State House District 23
2003–present
Succeeded by
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