District 35: 2 candidates, 1 party

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Drew Scalzi, House District 35 Republican Incumbent

I would like to share with the voters of this district my thanks for allowing me to represent them in District 7 this past session. I am hoping to continue as their representative in the newly formed District 35.

This job has been personally rewarding. It has given me the ability to work with so many highly motivated individuals throughout our great state.

I do wish to say, however, that I do not love this job more than what it takes to do the job. I will continue to lead on tough issues, regardless of political outfall, and work to expedite solutions.

I will introduce legislation that will again bring about discussion for a unicameral legislature. This is a legislative body of one rather than two houses.

Nebraska currently is the only other state that has this. Nebraska switched over during the depression to run their government more economically, which I believe is certainly one good reason.

The cost of one house, rather than two, also makes for efficiency in deliberations and staffing, let alone the reduction in legislators.

After being involved with a unicameral body at the local assembly and witnessing the inherent problems of a bicameral legislature, I think the time of our archaic inefficiency must change. This is no small undertaking, and it will need the education and support of the public that can only make this happen.

My hope is to move Alaska forward in a positive direction.

I am asking for your support on Aug. 27. Thank you.

Paul Seaton, House District 35 Republican Incumbent

My name is Paul Seaton and I would like to represent District 35 in Juneau. This new district unites the ports, yet is composed of communities with distinct personalities and cultural diversity. I have lived in Seward, Anchor Point and Homer for the last 27 years and understand the unique personalities of these communities, which is important for representing you.

I have a lot of political experience serving the community on various boards and commissions. For example, I have served on the Seward Port and Harbor Commission, the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Community Council, the Fish and Game Advisory Committee and the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. I have testified to congressional committees four times on sustainable fishing and have been to Juneau speaking on behalf of fishing groups and education many times.

I have been a fisheries businessman for 30 years, but my background is in education and biology. I have taught both junior high and high school. I was also a partner in a tree clearing business, giving me a first-hand perspective on another one of Alaska's valuable resources, our forests. This training and experience has given me the hard-work ethic and the analytical skills necessary for the job of representing you in Juneau.

I am optimistic about Alaska's future. We have a wealth of natural resources, not the least of which is our kids. We need to stop making school funding political football by forward funding education. I aspire to help bring you sustainable economic growth, improved education and effective government.

The biggest problem Alaskans face is the fiscal gap. Our Legislature did not close the gap one bit this past year. In fact, they passed the biggest spending bill since 1984 but are escaping accountability by putting it forward as bond issues. If the bonds pass, annually repaying those bonds will increase the budget gap by at least $64 million a year.

I am committed to open government and fiscal responsibility. To hold legislators accountable to their district we need open meetings, not closed caucuses.

I decided to run for the House seat because I was tired of spending so much time fighting bad legislation -- much of which was sponsored by my opponent. I decided it would be better to put forward good legislation instead.

I promise to propose well thought out legislation that has enough support to be worth spending our time and energy on; carelessly throwing bills on the table is a waste of resources.

If you want accountability in Juneau and a representative who will represent your interests, vote for Paul Seaton in the Republican primary Aug. 27.

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