I have always had an uncompromising commitment to full funding for our schools and, as a state senator, co-sponsored SB 36, which brought $2.7 million of new, reoccurring funds to our schools. I will be an effective fighter for our children and help work with our legislators to establish an accurate area cost differential for our schools.
I am committed to building a natural gas line to the Cook Inlet first. I understand that providing a stable supply of natural gas is the key to protecting local jobs and providing for future economic growth.
I recognize that we need to improve our local roads, not just our highways. I will aggressively fight for state and federal funds for our secondary roads the ones all of us depend on every day.
I have served as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the Alaska State Senate. As an assembly member, I served as President of the Kenai Peninsula Caucus and President of the Alaska Municipal League. As a state senator, I served as co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee as well as chairman of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines, the International Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines, and the Resources Committee. I won’t need any on the job training as your new borough mayor. I have unmatched experience that makes me the candidate who can hit the ground running.
I learned to manage money where it counts in the free enterprise system. As the former owner of the Kenai and Soldotna Radio Shack stores, my ability to control costs, manage and motivate people, meet payrolls, and provide customer service, made me a success. Those skills also made me an effective leader in the Legislature. When oil prices fell to $9 a barrel, I was co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. My practical leadership was instrumental in preparing and passing the five-year plan that cut government spending by $250 million dollars.
I attended school in Seward, joined the Army and served in Korea, came home after being honorably discharged, and married Marjorie in 1976. Between us, my wife and I have six children, 14 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren and share a life-long commitment to family values and community service. So when I talk about improving education in our schools, it’s more than just talk our kids attended these schools.
My wife and I have also been foster parents and I have served as chair of the Kenai Peninsula United Way as well as president of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Seward Pioneers of Alaska. I was a founding board member of the Peninsula Winter Games and a member of the Kenai and Kasilof Eagles, the Soldotna Elks, the Seward American Legion, the Soldotna Lions and a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
I know the things that are important to all us because they’re the things that are important to me.
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