Alaska State Senator Josh Revak
Juneau, Alaska (KINY/AP) — Republican state Sen. Josh Revak is among a field of 48 candidates running in a special June 11 primary to replace the late Congressman Don Young.
Revak this week received the endorsement of Anne Garland Young, the widow of the late congressman.
Young’s widow, Anne Garland Young, in a video produced by Revak’s campaign, said Revak had earned Young’s “trust and respect” and that “as a unique man of integrity he is , Josh will work tirelessly and honestly for our beloved Alaska in the United States Congress,” reported Alaska Public Media.
Revak told News of the North his thoughts on the endorsement.
“That endorsement is the most humbling thing for me,” Revak said. “It’s just very humbling to me; it’s a call to service and a call to duty. The last time I saw Congressman Young, he surprised me with the Legislator’s Award of year at the Safari Club International, which was a huge honor for me, and he introduced me [in his capacity] as a member of Congress, which was very humbling.”
Revak joined the U.S. military after 9/11 and he became a state legislator in 2018. Revak said after a combat tour he recovered personally and grew professionally in the office of the Congressman Young.
“Over time, I became friends with him,” Revak said. “He was more than a boss. He was more like family to me and to many others. And so, an endorsement like that is just very, very humiliating to me.”
The four candidates with the most votes in the special primary will move on to a special election on Aug. 16 to determine who will serve out the remainder of Young’s term, which ends in January. Young, a Republican, died last month at age 88.