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Lieutenant governor campaign heats up with Sullivan's campaign trip, new video from McGuire

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The campaign for the Republican Party nomination for lieutenant governor is in full swing, with Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan on a week-long campaign trip to Southeast Alaska and his opponent, Sen. Lesil McGuire, releasing a new animated music video on Thursday.

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The video, a three-minute message called “Reasons for McGuire,” features cheerful, egg-shaped figures celebrating McGuire’s legislative accomplishments and outlining her political priorities.

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It includes renderings of Alaska Natives in a kayak perched atop a whale, and a bear that appears to have been killed by a hunter — until it awakens and gives a wink and a thumbs-up.

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The ad was produced for about $4,000, according to Tom Anderson, McGuire’s ex-husband and managing partner at Optima Public Relations, which made the ad.

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It was inspired, he said, by an Australian train safety commercial called “Dumb Ways to Die,” which features nearly identical music and similar animated figures.

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McGuire recently returned from a campaign trip to Bethel, where she spent time visiting a local school and met with the graduating class at a dental training center.

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Sullivan, meanwhile, has been on a campaign tour in Southeast. According to his Facebook page, he has spent time in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Wrangell, speaking to a Rotary Club and a Chamber of Commerce, and meeting with business and political leaders.

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In a speech in Ketchikan, he made some sharp remarks about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska, which the federal government has kept off-limits to drilling.

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“One of the things I’ve suggested, too, is that if I was governor today, I’d probably invade ANWR,” he said, according to a story by local radio station KBRD. “What are they going to do, shoot you? Well, they might. But martyrdom goes a long way sometimes.”

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Other candidates for lieutenant governor include Democrats Bob Williams and Hollis French, and independent Craig Fleener.

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--Nat Herz



Anchorage