Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: August Primary Elections

State and Rep Tarr

Early voting for this year’s August 19th Primary election began Monday! Voting early has many benefits: it provides greater access to voting, avoids waiting in line on Election Day, and is reported to improve both voter satisfaction and poll worker performance.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: NO to new office furniture, Welcome Bass Pro & AYEA Opportunity!

My colleagues and I find ourselves disappointed by the Republican Majority vote to increase spending to $500,000. We need to have functional offices for ourselves and our staff so we can serve our constituents, but I personally think that we have good options already. There is no need, in these tight fiscal times, to spend such an excessive amount of public funds on prettier chairs.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Happy Solstice!

State and Rep Tarr

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year! In Alaska, this means that we have 22 hours of daylight. This year is the first summer solstice to fall on a Saturday in eight years, and it won’t happen again for another eight, so come out and celebrate with us!

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Mental & Physical Health

State and Rep Tarr

In your life, you are more likely to see a person having a panic attack than you are to see someone having a heart attack. Though many of us know how to properly respond to a heart attack, few of us know what to do when confronted with someone having mental or emotional crises. A community based model called Mental Health First Aid is being used across the nation and world to teach people how to address a person in crisis by training a person a five step process for response. Mental Health First Aid does not replace emergency care; instead it is intended to be used by a first responder before medical care arrives.

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