Brown: Ready for more public service

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2000

Bradley D. "Brad" Brown said he was not done with public service when he retired from the Alaska State Troopers.

"I want to continue to work for the people," said the 52-year-old Anchorage man.

So Brown is seeking the Republican nomination to represent District E in the Senate.

He said he would like to revise the state's bid award system. He proposed awarding construction jobs to the middle rather than the lowest bid, since underbid jobs lead to cost over-runs or cuts in quality and safety.

He also would like to limit the Legislature to about 90 days in Juneau to allow its committees to meet in communities affected by legislative business.

One of the biggest issues in Alaska is long-term road maintenance, he said.

"We have to be looking at being more self-dependent rather than depending on all the federal money we receive," he said.

Some day, federal funding will be cut.

"Then, you start looking at other resources within the state," he said.

Brown said he would like to see a pipeline built to export North Slope natural gas and favors a Nikiski terminus. He favored limiting high-seas fisheries and limited entry for coastal fisheries.

He said he sees the potential to develop high-tech industry, since Anchorage already is a hub for international air traffic. He suggested building a transcontinental highway and an undersea tunnel from Alaska to Siberia.

"We're sitting in an ideal location where everything could move from Alaska to North America and South America," he said. "We'll have a global connection here."

He wanted voters to know that he wants them to feel safe in their homes and to have jobs that make them comfortable.

"I'm an Alaskan," he said. "What qualifies a person for any office? It's that they have an interest in it and an interest in the people and a willingness to do the job."

Brown came to Alaska in 1954 and grew up in Ketchikan and Sitka. He spent four years in the Navy and served in Vietnam. Returning to Sitka, he became assistant airport manager, worked in construction and helped with his parents' business. He spent 26 years as a trooper. He now owns and drives a dump truck and works as a consultant.

In the 1980s, Brown served on the Upper Rail Belt School District board and helped stop the district from building a pool in Healy. The district would have given up teachers to fund pool maintenance, he said.

He also served on the Interior Region Emergency Medical Services Council and was instrumental in arranging the helicopter air-ambulance service from Fort Wainwright for Interior Alaska.

He has served as president of the Sitka Little League Association and as a Sitka Special Olympics coach and twice joined the annual trooper run to benefit Special Olympics. He now is active on the Klatt Community Council in Anchorage and is a Boy Scout leader.

Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, whom Brown gave as a reference, said he would make an excellent legislator.

"He's a really decent guy," she said. "He knows the peninsula very well because of dealing with peninsula truckers and businesses for so many years. He's retired from the state, so he's in a position where he can give pretty much all of his time to the Legislature and not have to worry about finances."

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