Scott Hawkins is a good man with a beautiful family. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent with him at campaign events over the past few months, learning more about his conservative principles and free-market solutions to Alaska’s challenges. While we were technically opponents, Scott unquestionably elevated the debate, laying out a positive vision for Alaska’s future− I found that Scott and I often agreed on more issues than we disagreed. While I understand his reasons for exiting the race, I welcome Scott’s continued involvement in Alaska politics, supporting candidates who share his firmly held belief that Alaska’s best days are ahead of us. Rose and I will keep Scott in our prayers, but we remain optimistic that his tenacity paired with a supportive, loving family will ensure a quick return to full health.