Kelly Tshibaka will challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 20-year grip on her U.S. Senate seat.
Tshibaka announced her candidacy March 29 with a campaign video clearly laying out her pro-life, pro-family and pro-Second Amendment views.
The former commissioner for the Alaska Dept. of Administration is stepping down from her job to defend Alaska women from domestic violence and sexual assault and to fight for Alaska’s states’ rights when it comes to developing natural resources.
She makes no bones about being a conservative and she said her faith in God is the foundation of her life.
“The most important relationship to me is my relationship to God,” she said in her introductory video. “I won’t back down when critics attack me for it, or all those other values that we Alaskans hold dear. I’m a conservative – pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and America first, always.”
Tshibaka’s personal Facebook page includes a Dec. 29 post in which she defends Second Amendment rights, an issue which has gained national attention with President Biden seeking to advance a number of gun-control measures while Democrats control the U.S. House and Senate.
“If you take away law-abiding people’s guns, they are powerless against the weaponized government … and the path to tyranny is thus paved,” she stated. “I’m a proud member of the NRA. I believe government is accountable to the People.”
Tshibaka is married to Niki Tshibaka who serves as assistant commissioner for Alaska’s education department. The couple has five children.
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Tshibaka’s campaign site states that she was born and raised in Alaska, and said she is running to “ensure Alaska remains a great place to raise our families and where the next generation of Alaskans can rise and prosper beyond those who came before them.”
Tshibaka offers a stark alternative to Murkowski, who has been rejected as a candidate by Alaska’s Republican Party for her opposition to constitutionally conservative and pro-life judges, her vote against repealing Obama Care, her vote to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial, her vote to allow gender confused males to compete in women’s sports, and her support for Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior despite her outspoken opposition to resource development on public lands in Alaska.
Murkowski is also a staunch supporter of abortion and increasingly breaks with the Republican Party on this and many other hot-button social issues. She is up for re-election in 2022.