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Begich’s new ad features three Fairbanks mayors

Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign released a new ad today featuring three mayors from Fairbanks. Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and former North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, all say in the ad that they’re voting for Begich. Whitaker says he’s doing so even though he’s a Republican. Mentioned in the ad are things that Begich himself has touted: keeping the F16s at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, and taking on the EPA and keeping the coal fired power plant in Fairbanks open. “It’s why we know he’s against a carbon tax,” Whitaker says, addressing an issue that’s been used as an attack against Begich and one that appears increasingly ambiguous. Whitaker also says that Begich has proven that he has “clout.” Eberhart says that Alaska “can’t afford to lose that.”