(News Nation) — Alaska Democrat Mary Peltola ousted Sarah Palin and more than 40 other candidates to fill Alaska’s only congressional seat last month.
He made history in the process. She is the first Alaska Native to sit in Congress and also the first Democrat to hold that seat in nearly half a century.
She says she works on larger issues for Alaska, including finding solutions to the impacts of food insecurity, fish management, oil drilling, the environment and climate change.
Another issue of great concern to Peltola is the death of fentanyl. The Last Frontier saw a 71% increase in fentanyl deaths from 2020 to 2021.
Peltola says it’s a problem in Alaska, but it’s also a serious problem nationally. She says her family and many others have been affected by drug addiction.
“We have to crack down on this. We must take this very seriously. No family is spared from this,” Petola said.
While some lawmakers have suggested cracking down on drug traffickers by charging them with murder, Peltola said he wasn’t ready to announce his position on the idea, but said it was worth considering. .
In the video above, she explains how Alaskans are reacting to her approach to politics.
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