November Post-Elections E-News

Greetings! I am feeling grateful to the voters of District 16 to be returning to Juneau for a second full term. I have worked hard over the last two and half years to represent District 16 in East Anchorage.

Press Release: Rep. Gara Honored in D.C. for Work to Help Alaska’s Foster Youth

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) will be honored Tuesday in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a legislative career working on behalf of Alaska’s foster youth. Rep. Gara was nominated for a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award by long-time Alaska foster youth advocate Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska.

Veterans’ Day and Election Results

While our political climate changes around us, it’s important to remember and honor the men and women who have served as protectors of our freedoms and liberties. There is no way to fully thank them for the sacrifices they have made, but if you have a veteran in your life, please make sure to give them your gratitude on this sacred day.

Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: General Election Results & Veterans Day

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918 that marked the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars.