Why Am I Running?
Our community will undergo change in the next ten years. I don't believe that oil prices will return to their former high level so there will not be the money available for infrastructure projects and to run state and local governments. Our fishing based economy will continue to go through structural change based on the changing conditions in the open ocean. We are still struggling to make this a borough that represents all interests. There is still a question of the stability of the Secure Rural Schools and Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds from the Federal level. These are but a few of the challenges.
I want to use the experience gained from my former participation on the Assembly; my selection and participation on the Alaska Municipal League policy committee; and my experience on the Southeast Alaska Power Authority to help meet those challenges. To participate effectively requires time and commitment to study the issues. I'm willing to spend that time. I very much enjoy watching decisions made by the Assembly come to fruition. I like to hear residents and borough employees talk about and take pride in their accomplishments. This is very special. It says a lot about the person and his or her dedication.
For an Assembly person to be effective requires willingness to participate in public discussion, listen to others, and be willing to compromise. Each member must be willing to give up personal gain to make good collective decisions and also must be willing to support those decisions publicly once they are made. We have a community of diverse interests; thus, a strong ability to makes things happen. All we need is people who are willing to work together. It is for these reasons I have decided to run again.
What can you expect from me? I'm not a micro manager. I rely on the staff to carry out the polices and direction. However, I do like detail when making a decision. I want to know how the item fits in the bigger picture, how it will be paid for and, how it links to the future. I'm an advocate of having 5-10 years of integrated plans in place for the upgrade and maintenance of our infrastructure (sewer, water, roads, electrical, and harbors). I'm always willing to state my reasoning for the way I vote. If you can accept my commitment, I would appreciate your vote.