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STA candidate statement: Stephanie Edenshaw

Stephanie Edenshaw (photo provided)

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My name is Stephanie Edenshaw. I am running for re-election on the Sitka Tribal Council because I believe I could make a difference. Sitka Tribe is in transition, and transition is not always easy. Change does not happen as fast as we would like it to.

Our tribe is facing a difficult year ahead, with the compact funds reduction at Sitka Tribe, and our hospital in transition and being outsourced.

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I am a hard worker, have strong values and come from a family that has been active in Tribal Government to help our tribal citizens since the beginning of ANCSA, and I hope to carry on what my parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, grandparents did for our community.

During my first term on the Tribal Council, I was on the education committee, legislative committee, finance committee and an alternate on the historic preservation committee. Second year: health committee, finance and historic preservation committee (alternate).

I am proactive for improving our health care system, not getting rid of our health care, ie SEARHC hospital. Our hospital is outsourcing. Our tribal citizens are having to leave town to find jobs.

I thank you for your support and the opportunity for serving you, the tribal citizens, for the last two years.

I encourage you to exercise your right to vote and get out on Nov. 13. I would like to ask you for your vote, and recommend you also vote for Dale Williams for Tribal Chair, Tanya Bonorden, and Louise Brady for council. Thank you.

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