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Senate District O: Micciche: A promise of responsive representation

Posted: November 3, 2012 - 10:50am

I want to sincerely thank the people of District O for your support in the past and respectfully request your vote on Tuesday, November 6th. I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve District O citizens of the Kenai Peninsula from Kenai to Seldovia in the State Senate. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work for you to help get our great state moving in the right direction.

I’ve been asked why I would want to run for senate when things in Soldotna are running smoothly. The answer is simple. I love serving as the Mayor of Soldotna, but realize that no matter how efficiently we manage Soldotna, a failed Alaska economy would result in a distressed Peninsula economy. Sitting Senators blame everything but themselves as the future of our children moves further from the land of opportunity you and I knew in our youth. Meanwhile, the budget has doubled under their watch through a bloated state government.

The seats of elected officials belong to you. You are their direct supervisors that provide a performance evaluation each election day. I will never forget that I do not own a seat, but I will serve at the will of the people of District O. I vow to serve each citizen in District O equally and my record proves I will answer to your concerns and always keep you informed. I intend to set a higher bar on serving responsively, honorably and transparently.

As I’ve explained to campaign donors, the only thing contributions will get them is a more responsive Senator that will give equal attention to all constituents no matter their financial status, political beliefs, gender or age. Although I clearly support a conservative platform, I will represent all Alaskans equally, especially the Alaskans that reside in District O. Whether you live in Kenai, Kasilof, Homer, Soldotna, Cohoe, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Nikolaevsk, Funny River or Seldovia, my personal challenge is that you feel represented by a neighbor and not someone from “somewhere else.”

For that reason, I have chosen a Central Peninsula resident and a Homer resident to serve as my primary staff. The Micciche/Semmens (Chief of Staff) Team has the right combination of proven experience for issues that must be solved in the legislature, including: economic, finance, budgeting, fisheries, natural gas/LNG, energy, PERS/TERS, education, and affordable and efficient essential services. Teri Robl of Homer will be serving as well, so that our team is accessible on both ends of the large district during the months the legislature is not in session.

For several years there has been much talk and little action in the Alaska Senate. I realize that I have much to learn and that I will hold only one seat of 20, however it’s time we elect people willing to perform for Alaskans and get our economy moving. Let’s cut the runaway spending, create a future for our kids and ensure Alaska’s greatness.

My only allegiance is to the people of Alaska with a focus on responsible legislation, a healthy economy and sustainable spending. Our young, great state is just getting started on an incredible, successful voyage. With your help and support, I’d be honored to help guide the journey with a hand on the helm.

As always, feel free to call me directly with any questions or concerns at 252-6759. Please vote on Tuesday, November 6th. Bring your friends and neighbors with you and call folks that don’t always remember to vote. Exercise your fundamental right to choose the people that will represent you. Finally, I respectfully request your vote on Tuesday. Thank you.

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