Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Tuesday's Action Line was devoted to legislative swan songs from outgoing Juneau lawmakers.
Former Senator Dennis Egan was hospitalized in Seattle following a fall at his home in October. He's now undergoing physical therapy in Seattle.
Egan authorized program host Pete Carran to read a statement from him. "It's been an honor and privilege to work making District Q a stronger and more vibrant place From my work on the Assembly to the Mayor's Office, and most recently in the Senate, I have always tried to do what I thought was best for Southeast and the people living here. Although I will no longer be holding public office, I will always do what I can to support this community. Thank you to all my constituents for making this job so incredible. I am immeasurably proud to call Juneau my home."
Egan's office issued a statement from the former senator on Monday in which he pointed to what he considered chief accomplishments.
In his concluding paragraph, Egan called for cooperation among legislative members. He said, "Many people want to help improve our communities and our state, and we'll do more and do it better if we do it together." Egan added that is a lesson his parents, former Governor Bill Egan and Neva Egan, taught him.
Outgoing Juneau House District 33 Representative Sam Kito was in the studio and was asked to share parting words of wisdom. He counseled patience and persistence. "I think being patience because there are a lot of things that people would like to do and there are 60 people to try and work with to make those things happen and persistence because you have those 60 people that you need to work and it takes time."
The 60 people Kito's referring to our the 59 other lawmakers and the Governor.
Kito is a finalist to become the manager of Skagway. He says he's scheduled to be interviewed later this month along with another candidate.