Meet the candidates: District 3 – Seat D – West Anchorage
KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics:
1. Balancing the budget
2. Bonds and propositions
3. Plans for public safety
4. Commercial marijuana
5. Addressing homelessness in Anchorage
6. Introducing new taxes
We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography. The candidates’ full interviews and responses are listed below, ordered alphabetically.
The candidate did not share a biography with KTVA.
I’m applying to be a Assembly member in the upcoming election, representing the West Anchorage district. I’m just a regular person that will listen to any ideas you may have for moving this city in a direction that will be best for all of us as a community. I have put blood, sweat and tears into building up and maintaing this city. I understand and respect what a hard day’s work is. I’m currently employed by the Municipality of Anchorage. I love this city and all the people that call it home. Thank you for your consideration.
I have lived in West Anchorage for 40 years. Having been very active in our community, there’s a good chance we’ve met.
I drove to Alaska in 1975 with a car full of carpenter’s tools. I found a dynamic community in the midst of the pipeline boom. It was an exciting time. Opportunities and jobs were plentiful. I decided to stay.
A few years later I met Virginia. We married and bought a log home in Spenard just before the 1980s crash. We raised our two terrific daughters Esther and Sara. Both girls attended Anchorage public schools, graduating from West High.
I have enjoyed career and community service opportunities I would never have had in the Lower 48. In my day jobs and my community volunteer work, I try to make Anchorage a better place. Here are highlights:
– Atwood Foundation – Trustee and CEO – five years to date
– Assembly staff to Assembly member Ernie Hall – six years to date
– Anchorage Concert Association – CEO – 20 years
– Alaska Humanities Forum – CEO – six years:
– Led the successful effort with three Alaska Governors requiring all Alaskan high school students to study Alaska History
– Assembled a coalition to encourage Pre-K Education
Some of my Volunteer Work:
– Governor Hickel’s Institute of the North – Board Member, Past President
– North Star Community Council – Past President
– Anchorage Rotary – Former Member and Youth Exchange Chair
– Shining Lights Award Committee – Former Member and Chair
– Alaska Geographic Association – Former Board member
– Co-organized our street’s Neighborhood Crime Watch program
– Block Party Grill Master
– Charter member of The Motorheads: Alaska’s Extraordinary Gentlemen Snowmachiners
– Attend monthly meetings of all five West Anchorage Community Councils:
– Sand Lake, Spenard, Turnagain, Taku-Campbell and North Star
Forty years after arriving, I still believe Anchorage is a community full of opportunity.
I am a third-generation, lifelong Alaskan; married to Stephanie, and have two daughters — Tatum and Tess. I am a former Assembly member and a current board member of Akeela, a nonprofit organization offering an array of services for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse throughout Alaska. I also serve on the Board of Governors for the Alaska Bar Association, appointed by Gov. Parnell and re-appointed by Gov. Walker.
During my time on the Assembly, I consistently honored the issues I campaigned on. I limited the growth of property taxes, constantly introduced budget amendments to reduce property taxes and was the first Assemblyman to successfully privatize a function of government.
There is no doubt, as we continue down the road of limiting government growth, reducing regulations and ensuring that government focuses on its singular purpose of public safety that Anchorage will continue to be a city which is held up as a model of growth and prosperity. I would appreciate your vote on April 5.
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