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Of Bears and Ballots

An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

by Heather Lende

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Of Bears and Ballots by Heather Lende
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Journalist Heather Lende offers a glass-half-full account of what she learned running for office in small-town Alaska.

Heather Lende has lived in Haines, Alaska for nearly four decades. In that time, she has been extremely active in her community, writing over 500 obituaries for the local paper, Chilkat Valley News, running the local hardware store and lumberyard with her husband Chip, and volunteering everywhere from Haines Borough Public Library to Hospice of Haines, all while raising her family of five children and seven grandchildren. As if that wasn't enough, in 2016, Lende decided to run for local office.

Looking at the rest of the United States, Lende was not alone in her desire to serve her community. According to the Los Angeles Times, since 2016 there has been a spike in the number of women running for political office, at the local, state and national levels. Emily's List — known for recruiting and supporting progressive Democratic women candidates — reported that after the ...

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