Candidate Views, Assembly District 4: Mike Swan

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2004


  Mike Swan

Mike Swan

Thank you for your support and the opportunity to run for the assembly seat 4. As a challenger of an incumbent, it is my responsibility to point out the differences and why the voters should choose me.

I should point out that I have been married for over 32 years. We have three children and one grandchild. Mya and Hollis have graduated from Soldotna High School. Leah is now attending Soldotna High. My wife and I have operated SwanSurveying on the peninsula since 1985. I have enjoyed serving on several volunteer boards.

Some of my accomplishments while serving on these boards have been publishing of the Kenai River Landowners guidebook, the creation of the Kenai Resource Conservation and Development board (USDA funded), opening of a local office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (two employees USDA funded) and staffing of the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District with one employee and contract personnel (federal grant funded). I have also helped facilitate the continuation of federal grants over the past five years (1 to 1.5 million per year statewide) and have assisted in bringing into Alaska $7 million for programs to assist and maintain agriculture lands. In order to accomplish these goals, I have had to learn how to work with others, while not giving up the values that I believe in, in order to bring the best opportunities to every citizen.

As an assembly member, I will ask questions about all items presented to the assembly and work towards making the meetings more public friendly. I will work towards reducing government where needed and promote economic development for the private sector. I do not believe in sole source bidding and I believe all agenda items should be looked at closely.

Finally, I would encourage everyone to follow up on the incumbent's comments and look at his voting record (www.borough.kenai. He has voted on new taxes, against development of borough lands, sole source contracts and against the Sterling Senior Center land purchase.

I will bring experience in land development and resource use, contacts that I have made in the federal and state governments will assist the residents of the peninsula. I have learned to unite people and became a problem-solver over the years, and I hope to represent the peninsula with this same positive attitude.

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