Deborah Bonito has been an Alaska business owner since 1992 and active in the Alaska political scene in public service since high school (if you count student government at Bartlett-Begich High School). Married to Mark Begich, former Alaska State Senator, she also served as the chair of the state Democratic Party. She is the mom of Jacob, and she and her family are tireless advocates for military families in memory of her father who served in the U.S. Army.