2019 Local Endorsed Candidates
At The Alaska Center we believe that engaging in local elections is a way to support emerging leaders and ensure that we have champions at all levels of government that share our vision for a more sustainable, vibrant, and healthy Alaska.
Meet our endorsed candidates!
Kenai Peninsula Borough
“The reason I ran for an assembly seat 9 years ago was because I recognized that skills exist in me useful for government. My reasons for running again are the same. I intend to address issues as they arise. I do want to raise social appreciation for school teachers. Education is perhaps the most important service the borough provides (with a lot of financial help from the state). As a society I think we need to be more aware of teachers and appreciate their work. I fondly remember many teachers I had who helped educate me. Education leads naturally to understanding options for promoting clean air and water. Scientists need to learn more about where salmon spend the ocean-phase of their life. Scientists need to identify what has happened and is happening to chinook salmon in Cook Inlet, razor clams at Clam Gulch, king crab in Kachemak Bay, and herring in Kamishak Bay. There are many things about salmon that are known and need to be taught to borough children (and adults) if we are to benefit from them long into the future. I'm interested in learning more about borough recycling programs.
I believe democracy is under attack in the United States right now. By preserving democracy we preserve the United States itself.”
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City and Borough of Juneau
“I’m running for Assembly to work my with neighbors to build a stronger, safer, and more healthy community that prioritizes people and their well-being. While we need to focus on the issues facing us now, we also need to think long term. Ultimately, this means ensuring sustainability (in all its forms). A clean, healthy, and stable environment is a huge part of continued prosperity and security. Determining what we want our community to be like in 5, 10, 50 and 100 years will require engagement by as many citizens as possible because our best solutions are those generated when many are involved.
My top priorities are good jobs, safe neighborhoods, and a community that is healthy and enjoys a high quality of life. A lot of activity and action goes into these priorities, of course. Juneau has incredible resources to drive economic development: recreation and tourism, arts and culture, abundant water, and fish, to name a few. Coupled with responsible development, these resources could provide good jobs and form the basis for a strong economy that protects our environment and keeps Juneau a wonderful, beautiful, and healthy place to live.
We as a community must also take action to address climate change. This is prudent for two reasons: 1) we have a responsibility to act as good neighbors and global citizens, and 2) addressing emissions can save our community money and lead to the development of new industries and technologies, spurring economic growth.”
“My priorities are a sustainable budget that maintains or expands services as needed by the state budget cuts’ impact. The social services that have already reduced hours or personnel due to the Governor’s vetoes are important, and their clientele are often the most vulnerable members of our population. Finding a way to close these service gaps without sinking the borough financially will be important to prevent harm and loss of life. Public safety, including the safety of vulnerable populations like our homeless and people living with addiction, is important to me and to every resident I’ve spoken with. Public safety also includes clean water and air, and it’s important that we make sure our lands are not compromised by irresponsible resource development or extraction. Speaking more generally, I believe the city has an absolute responsibility to ensure that any development discussion includes environmental impacts and public input.”
“Climate change (and its impacts specifically on Juneau) is the biggest issue we face. It's a threat to our lifestyles and livelihoods and we need to start addressing it so that we can minimize its impacts, its costs, and reduce the harm to marginalized and vulnerable populations as much as possible."
Fairbanks City and Borough
“My top campaign initiative is to develop a business plan for our community. I plan to invite the broad community into the conversation and ask where they want to be in 20 years, how they want to get there and how we want to pay for it. I will reach out to our citizens working on climate change and adaptation plans, clean water and air, healthy salmon habitat and strong democracy to ensure they know about the process, are welcomed and included in the process.”
“Right now the biggest concern I have is how to provide quality services to the community with the cuts the Governor has made to our community assistance funds to keep our community safe. We need to protect our community with a quality police force and fire department. At the City, we were proactive in protecting consumers from the pollution at the Fire Training Center which migrated to non City residents. We provided water and eventually hooked them up to City water. We are in litigation with the providers of the foam which polluted the water source. I will be proactive in supporting the efforts of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in their efforts to ensure clean air in our community. At the City we encourage individuals to testify at our meetings and we changed the time of testimony to make it easier for citizens to testify early in the meetings. I support the efforts to provide clean water and air and healthy salmon habitat and I believe that climate change is very real and we need to protect our planet.”
"My top campaign issues are making sure our city police and fire departments are fully staffed, building a better relationship between the police and marginalized communities, and deciding which community values we want to use for deciding our ordinances and budget for which I am personally advocating honesty, life, justice, and caring, especially about our neighbors, elders, and children"
“My Top Campaign issue is......to be a Referee......to ensure Respect among every one on the Assembly, to allow voices to be heard, opinions shared, to be validated. One person can not solved the issues at hand.....we must collectively be receptive to the audience and be mindful of our surroundings it will take all the Brilliant minds sitting on the Assembly and Concerned Citizens to find solutions. Body language needs to be watched...….we don't need to offend anyone. We have experts in our Community to offer a wealth of knowledge.....I will sit quietly and listen...….JAB …..I am Honored....Thank You/Gracias…”
“My top campaign issues are a future with fighting for, economic stability and quality of life. These three pillars all encompass environmental acuity. As stewards of the future, we have a responsibility to govern with eyes wide open, make difficult decisions that will impact generations to come, and we must be bold. I am not scared of the future when I look at my peers. I am not afraid of making bad choices for my community. I am not alone in this mission to move forward: aware, unafraid and bold. Local issues drive our connection to the greater health of the economy and society for the Interior and for Alaska, our natural resources of water, air, fish, flora, fauna and humans will sustain us through exponential change, IF we protect them. Changing behavior and creating policy are a part of that, but a strong democracy where the educated electorate is engaged and able to vote and participate will be our biggest defense.”
“I was motivated to seek appointment to a vacant position on the FNSB Assembly, and now to run for an opportunity to continue in that office, by the politically-motivated impacts of Gov. Dunleavy's budget cuts. I disagree strongly with the notion that those cuts are necessary. I view them as part of an effort to restructure the State in a way that ignores our values and promotes those of outside influences.
The Dunleavy approach will inevitably have continuing, dramatic impacts on our community and the things we hold dear. These include, but are certainly not limited to: the University; our public schools; our libraries, parks, and recreational facilities (things which bring us together as a community and encourage individual growth); and our ability to assist the less fortunate.
I am an advocate for clean air and water. I support clean and inexpensive energy. And I support diversity and protection of the rights of minorities, including those of the LGBTQ members of our community.
I recognize the need for government efficiency; but I object to the position that the fiscal "bottom line" is the thing of most importance, regardless of the damage budget cuts inflict. Our community's values are deserving of priority, and I will fight to protect them.”
“The most important issue facing our community today is to protect the quality of life we all love despite the state budget cuts that pose the risk of significant harm to Fairbanks. The social and economic impacts of the state cuts have the potential to be devastating. People want to live in a town with good schools, clean air, clean water, libraries, pools, parks, and everything else we value about Fairbanks. As a community, we need to work to protect our values and keep Fairbanks the Golden Heart of Alaska.”
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