Borough Assembly

District 7 Central

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007

We live in one of the most appealing places in Alaska. It is easy to wake up every morning, look out the window, and be thankful that this is our home.

The people, natural resources, climate and geography of the Kenai Peninsula have provided my family with rewarding opportunities for over thirty years. Many things have changed but this is still the same place that first felt like home to me on a quiet, foggy morning in the fall of 1975. The tide still ebbs and floods twice a day, the reds still run when the fireweed blooms, and summer is still over too soon.

As the Peninsula grows it is important that those who help guide this growth maintain a respectful connection with the environment that continues to provide us with so much. Commercial fishing and my volunteer work on the Tsalteshi ski trails have kept me in close contact with this natural world. If elected I would consider this environment an important part of my constituency.

I have served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, United Cook Inlet Drift fishing Association and Tsalteshi Trails Association. I enjoy working with people who are willing to find reasonable solutions to complicated problems.

I recognize that the work on the Borough Assembly will be difficult and believe that adding my voice to the discussion will be helpful. I consider myself a good listener and try hard to understand differing points of view. I am also tenacious in making a case for my concerns and would not be shy in doing so with the Assembly.

For five years I worked as the Community Schools Coordinator at Skyview High School. In the process of developing after school activity programs I became interested in the way our community relates to teenagers and how they, in turn, relate to the world outside of school. I think that more can be done outside the classroom to involve students in healthy activities. A Borough wide program modeled after Community Schools or After the Bell could aid students in the daily transitions they make when they enter and leave the classroom.

Being a beginner in the political world is an asset. I have no axes to grind. I have no political debts. I'm willing to listen and learn and I am excited to get going.

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