The Founder of an education advocacy group is challenging Congressman Don Young for his seat in the November election.

Alyse Galvin, of Great Alaska Schools, says she plans to make a formal announcement about her candidacy at a kick-off event Thursday.

The Anchorage Independent says she's proud to be part of a wave of women nation-wide running for a seat in Congress.

Galvin says she decided to run after participating in an eight-month training program called Alaska Women Ascend, which is aimed at preparing women for public service.

Galvin says her original intent was to support other women as candidates, but through the course of the program, her own candidacy became clear. Now, she hopes to encourage others.

"You can, step up, do it, give it a try. [What's] the worst that can happen? Is that you don't win. But I think that right now is our time to win," she said.

While Galvin is filing as an Independent, she's seeking the Democratic Party's endorsement in the primary.

Anchorage Democrat Dimitri Shein has also filed for the seat.

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