Statement from Mayor Dan Sullivan on Senator Ted Stevens
Contact: Sarah Erkmann
Lynnette and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our good friend Senator Ted Stevens. Ted Stevens was a kind, decent man. Alaska and America lost one of its finest today, and I grieve along with the rest of the state. Our prayers are with his wife, Catherine, and all the members of the Stevens family.
Throughout his long and storied public career, Senator Stevens was a tireless advocate for the people of Alaska, a stalwart defender of the Alaskan way of life and a passionate believer in the future of the state. His nickname, “Uncle Ted,” was well-earned; almost all Alaskans felt a strong personal connection to the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history.
My parents first met Ted in the early 1950’s in Fairbanks and were close friends and political allies for more than 50 years. We lived just down the street from the Stevens after both families later moved to Anchorage. I used to babysit the Stevens children, and my brothers and sisters and I were their friends and classmates. We shared many good times and fond memories with the Stevens family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of the crash and their families, as well as the entire GCI family, including its 1,250 employees.