MATANUSKA - Former Houston Mayor Roger Purcell said he would provide more outspoken representation for the Matanuska Valley at the Capitol.
"You know me. I'll step in front of the camera and say, 'hey, this is what we need to do, this is what's wrong,' like when the city of Anchorage tried to mothball the bridge. Didn't let it happen, fought for it, kept it going."
Purcell said incumbent Republican Representative Wes Keller doesn't have that style.
"He's a nice guy, and I like him, but I don't feel he's got the fire in the belly that we need."
Keller, who has been in the House for five years, said he works hard behind the scenes without making a point of going to the media.
"I don't think that is a measure of effectiveness. I don't seek out the camera. I get work done, I like to think, effectively."
As chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee, he said he has a track record as a fiscal and social conservative.
"I believe after 3-to-5,000 votes in public and all the time in committee and everything, I think I have a good reputation. I would invite anybody to look at it, question me."
Nevertheless, Purcell said he's ready to promote House District 7 as a major crossroads.
"By having someone who goes into the Legislature who already understands that, has been working those projects, like the Knik Arm Bridge, the rail spur and DOT with the road projects with a knowledge of it already, means that I can go down and work on those projects and have a working knowledge of it to get them put through so we can open the areas a lot faster."
Keller said he has delivered on road projects in the state capital budget.
Keller said, "It isn't that I’m out there carrying a banner around the committee that's directly related to resource development or economics. But I'm certainly involved in that."
On style, voters have a clear choice.
The winner faces no candidate on the general election ballot in November.
For Roger Purcell's full interview, click here.
For Wes Keller's full interview, click here.