Dr Al Gross
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Dr. Al Gross is running for office again – this time for the seat left vacant after the death of Congressman Don Young last month.
Gross, a doctor and 2020 U.S. Senate candidate, spoke to News of North about his current campaign and why he’s running.
“Alaska needs a strong voice to fight for Alaska in Congress and to replace Don Young,” Gross said. “And I’m all about Alaska. I come from the Southeast. I am the only nominee in the race whose name is widely recognized in the Southeast and I care deeply about our system, our university system, tourism and sustainable fishing. I really care about Alaskan things and of course I’ve lived in Alaska all my life.
Gross says he’s an independent politician who wants to see things done in Washington DC.
I’ve listened to a lot of people all over the state, both as a doctor and a fisherman,” Gross said. “And I’m an independent and I’m sick of the partisan nonsense in Washington DC. I think everything has worked very well on both sides to get things done for Alaska.
Additionally, Gross advocates that whoever wins the special election also wins the general election. It’s a question of seniority, he believes.
“If you win the special and then win the general and get sworn in again in January, then automatically Alaska has a second term in Congress, which is important because congressional seniority matters,” Gross said. “I think that’s a really important message for voters to realize, that it’s a great idea to keep the same person. I think when I get to Washington DC, one of the first things to do will be to try to build relationships on both sides of the aisle, because I think our partisan politics have really divided our country and it’s very difficult to get good governance.”
And Gross says he’s an independent — not a liberal Democrat — which is how he thinks he was portrayed in the 2020 election.
“I feel like I was inappropriately branded a liberal Democrat in the last campaign and that’s partly my fault,” Gross said. “I took Democratic endorsement and I took Democratic Party money, but that’s not who I am. I have a lot of conservative values when it comes to budgets. I’m very conservative budget-wise. tax, and I’m very big on immigration and of course, the second amendment.
Gross said he is sticking to his values in this campaign.
“You know, I’m a doctor and I see the flaws in our healthcare system,” Gross said. “I want to work on changing it, but I’m not trying to pull the rug out from under the existing system. I try to improve what we have. And of course, I’m a big proponent of renewable energy, when and where we can use it in the state. I think maybe I was painted as someone I wasn’t last race, but I’m really sticking to my values this time around.
Gross was born in Juneau. He is the son of former Alaska Attorney General Avrum and Shari Gross.