WASILLA - Lynn Gattis, owner of Gattis Farms, a haymaking operation at Point Mackenzie, said her private sector instincts would serve her well at the state Capitol.
"We need to recognize and understand the entrepreneurial spirit that I definitely exemplify and will bring to Juneau."
As a state representative, the current school board member said she would fight burdensome taxes, fees and regulations.
"There are rules that say you can't take dirt or gravel off of this farm and fill a pothole on that farm. It makes no sense."
Her opponent in Tuesday's Republican primary, former local elected official Mark Ewing, questions whether her large acreage at Point Mackenzie would pose numerous conflicts on issues she would face in the legislature as development in that area continues.
"She's a nice gal. I've got nothing bad to say about her."
Meanwhile, Ewing is touting his campaign as one of big ideas.
He wants to use the Permanent Fund to leverage financing for a natural gas pipeline to be owned by Alaska residents, who would buy shares in the project.
"The oil companies have invested $70 billion here, and for us to just say, hey, we need you to build us a gasline, I think we need to have a little skin in the game."
Ewing has been taking heat on numerous websites, including The Huffington Post, for a remark about whether severely handicapped children should be in public schools, saying '”We are spending millions and millions of dollars educating children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move.”
Gattis said: "I truly believe that we do need to educate all of our citizens. We're very different in that regards."
Ewing said he regrets his choice of words, but not his belief.
"There could be other programs other than trying to integrate them into the public school system that would be beneficial for them."
Republicans in House District 9 make their choice tomorrow.
The winner faces Democrat Blake Merrifield of Wasilla in the November election.
For Mark Ewing's full interview, click here.
For Lynn Gattis's full interview, click here.