Mary Peltola
Mary Peltola
Candidate, U.S. House Alaska At-large District
Democrat
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I’m a Yup’ik Alaska Native, salmon advocate, and Democrat who represented the Bethel region in the Alaska House of Representatives for 10 years.
I was born in Alaska and raised on the Kuskokwim River in Kwethluk, Tuntutuliak, Platinum, and Bethel. When I was six years old, I began fishing commercially with my father. In college. I worked as a herring and salmon technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
At age 22, I began an internship with the Alaska legislature. That same year, I ran for office and lost. Two years later, married and pregnant, I won my election and began representing the Bethel region in the Statehouse.
As a lawmaker, I helped rebuild the Bush Caucus, which passed legislation and influenced budgets that improved lives in rural Alaska, under my tenure as Chair. After leaving the legislature, I worked as Manager of Community Development and Sustainability for the Donlin gold mine project. I left the company after 6 years and joined the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. As Executive Director of the commission, I helped mobilize 118 Tribes and rural Alaskans to advocate for the protection of salmon runs in Western Alaska. This was a continuation of my work as a Salmon Fellow with the Alaska Humanities Forum.
I served on the Orutsararmiut Native Council Tribal Court and the Bethel City Council, and on the boards of the Nature Conservancy, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska Children’s Trust, and the Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska.
As a lifelong Alaskan, I am adamantly Pro-Jobs, Pro-Fish, Pro-Family and Pro-Choice.
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