Candidate Views: House District 33: Kurt Olson

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2004

 

  Kurt Olson

Kurt Olson

Our family moved to this area in 1982. My wife, Barbara, and I thought that the central peninsula would be a great place to live and raise a family. We have two daughters, Madelyn and Valerie, and we still love the Kenai Peninsula as much as we did when we first moved here.

We have lived in Alaska since 1977. During that time I have worked as a commercial insurance broker, as a custom seafood processor, in the tourism industry, and for the past three years as legislative staff.

My vision for our area is that our children have the same opportunities that we had. The next generation should have the opportunity for good jobs, schools and quality of life.

My platform is basic. Alaska needs resource development for jobs and revenues for services. I believe that it is crucial to bring North Slope gas to the Cook Inlet basin as soon as possible. I have worked on this issue, both in Juneau and in Washington, D.C. A stable supply of gas will keep the Agrium and the ConocoPhillips plants in operation. North Slope gas will power the electrical generation turbines at Beluga and provide gas for the peninsula. The "Bullet Line" from the North Slope to Cook Inlet is gaining momentum.

I have decided to run for several reasons. I am the only candidate who has lived and worked on both sides of District 33 13 years in Kenai and nine years in Soldotna. I am fiscally conservative and have a public record as an elected official within the district. I served one term on the Soldotna City Council and three terms on the board of Central Emergency Services. During the eight years I was on the CES board, we lowered the mill rate three times, while at the same time increasing the level of service.

My three priorities are adequate funding for education, public safety and road maintenance.

I believe that a balanced budget starts with responsible spending, not with taxes. I support a spending cap for that reason. I support the recent increase in education spending, but we need to ensure that every dollar reaches the classroom and that common-sense reforms are implemented.

I do not believe that the Alaska Permanent Fund is broken. I do not believe that we need to make any changes to it unless it is the will of the people. The most recent version of the percent of market value (POMV) plan is flawed.

While education is very important, public safety and road maintenance are also critical programs.

Due to the high price of oil, we will have a significant budget surplus. I believe that the 24th Legislature will be judged on how much money was saved for future years rather than how much was spent.

Your vote counts. I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 2.



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