Chamberlain: Overreaching power must be curbed

My name is Steven William Chamberlain. I was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 7th 1967. Growing up in Michigan, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors was engrained into my lifestyle through my father’s passion. From conservation to capitalism and entrepreneurism his beliefs in our country and the freedom and opportunity it offered us was something that could never be taken away. Although he attended college, served in the Air Force and worked for Ford Motor Company for 26 years he always seemed to push me towards starting my own business. Shortly after my father’s untimely death in 1990 my urge to see Alaska grew. In the spring of 1995 I arrived in Anchorage with a backpack full of clothes and $650. A few days later I was in Kenai. A few weeks later in Kasilof working in a fish processing plant. That summer changed the course of my life. I was drawn to this place and made it my home.

I met my wife Jennifer at the Kings Inn. Long story short, cook meets waitress and two years later we own 3.5 acres of undeveloped residential property off Halbouty Rd. in Nikiski. My experience and passion for cooking afforded me positions cooking in several local establishments which means many of you have eaten my cooking for years. Our home was built out of pocket, or check to check. Our business was built on a small budget with a lot of blood, sweat and tears. We did it with the support of family and friends.

Throughout the process of building and operating Charlie’s Pizza, I have seen the overreaching regulatory power government wields over small business. The D.E.C. and it’s short list of state approved engineers has attempted to squash me, the little guy, protect industry and itself, the big guys, all with no regard for the health and safety of the citizenry of Nikiski. Spills and accidents are an unavoidable part of the industry but unlawful dumping of hazardous materials should not be. My top priority as your assemblyman will be to introduce and pass ordinances that will define contamination to our aquifers through wide scale testing of existing wells in our community. My ultimate goal is to expose government for their radical financial and political based decisions that ultimately deny us any chance of keeping our water safe. I also feel that overall media coverage of these important issues is severely lacking from all sources. The fears, concerns, and facts need to be reported so the public can be fully informed. The people of Nikiski know how much time and effort I have focused on my investigation of all the contamination issues in Nikiski. If you elect me to represent you in the borough assembly I vow to continue to work tirelessly to finish the job. After all, in 18 months I accomplished what some local ADEC personnel asked for but were denied for 20 years, the first step towards the proper assessment of the Arness Septage.

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