Scott McAdams is back at work in the Sitka school district after two months in the national spotlight.
The former Sitka mayor was a central figure in the Alaska Senate race as the unlikely Democratic nominee.
He ended up with 24 percent of the vote in the race won by incumbent and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, a finish that's being challenged by Republican Joe Miller.
McAdams returned last week to his small, windowless office at Blatchley Middle School where he works as community schools director.
He says he hopes Murkowski will distance herself from the Republican leadership and work to protect Alaska's interests.
He says partisanship has broken the system in Washington and that top Congressional Republicans in the Senate have made it their primary goal to "shame, blame and replace the current administration."