“Singin’ Sam” Little has dedicated one of the Kenworths in his Little Country small fleet to pull parade floats and other materials during his own 2010 campaign for the governorship of Alaska. The sometime country singer Little has also issued a new record, “Truck Driver for Governor,” that features a tune updated from his original penned during the national independent driver shutdowns of 1979. The original “Truckers Shutdown” song debuted to a crowd of drivers at Jubitz in Portland, he says. “It kind of pulled the people together. Music gets the crowd together. I’ve never been a great speaker, but the guitar has always been my weapon to get things done.”
A ‘Singing Sam’ Little for Governor float will make its debut at the parade at the annual Fur Rondy festival Feb. 26 in Anchorage. “It’s when all the fur traders come to Anchorage to sell their fur, and there will be more than 100,000 people on the streets that day.”
He’s hoping those people will take note of the key issues he’ll be running on, which include:
**Tackling Alaska’s high unemployment rate
**Eliminating/regulating middlemen in fisherman-to-market transactions
**Moving away from focus on a natural gas line pipeline in favor of smaller projects, like revitalizing the Delta Junction farm project
**Taking Alaska formally into the International Fuel Tax Agreement.
As with so much else, Little attributes his resolve to pull off the campaign to his experience in trucking. “In the trucking industry,” he says, “you have to stand up and speak up or they’ll walk over you. And if you’re right, you’ll stand up.”
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