Jerry Ward, Senate District E Republican

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2000

Name: Jerry Ward

Candidate for: Senate District E

Age: 52

Occupation: Real estate businessman

Family: Wife, Margaret Ward; three daughters, three son-in-laws and five grandchildren, all living in Alaska.

Education: West High School 1966 GED and heavy equipment school with the Navy Sea Bees.

Organizations and special interests: U.S. Navy (Vietnam), Construction man, Vietnam Service Medal and Honorable Discharge. I am a member of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the North Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.10252 and the American Legion Post No. 28. My special interests include fishing, hunting and boating.

Previously held elected office and experience: I currently represent the people on the Kenai, Nikiski and K-Beach Road in the Alaska State Senate. I have been your senator from 1996 until the present. I also serve as chairman of the Transportation Committee and State Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Privatization Task Force.

Organizations: I am a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Military and Veteran Affairs and the Department of Corrections. At the national level, I serve on the Executive Committee on the National Conference of State Legislators. I served in the state House of Representatives from 1982-84 on the Finance Committee and Special Loan Committee. Throughout my life I also served on various municipal commissions at the pleasure of the mayor.

Expected cost of campaign: To date I have raised and spent, approximately $150,000.

Best way for voters to reach me: Campaign phone, 283-7203; office phone, 283-7996; home phone, (907) 345-6253.

During the past four years, I have strived to deliver on my commitment to make a positive difference in our state's future by achieving a smaller, smarter government. I played a leading role in saving our permanent fund and keeping the liberals' hands out of our pockets.

My conservative approach to government led to the passage of legislation with an emphasis on implementing privatization and resource development, such as the eventual development of North Slope gas, which will promote future employment for Alaskans. I will continue to work for safer neighborhoods, improved roads and better schools for our community.

One of the greatest satisfactions I have had as your senator is having a positive impact on the lives of real people. I have learned to live life to the fullest and that you can't always move mountains or change the world in a single term. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I prefer to incorporate the knowledge and experience of members of our community into my decision-making process while adding new technology, new resources and fresh ideas through these efforts. I would like to thank you for this great experience and ask you to vote for me so I can continue to work for you.

I believe that together we will implement effective solutions and achieve measurable results for a better education for all Alaska children. Education and accountability reforms are important to teachers, students and parents in Alaska. The success of student accountability, class size reduction and other education reforms depends on preparing, recruiting and retaining quality teachers. The accountability measures are designed to be used as a tool for improvement of education and to help build community support for schools.

As your state senator I will continue to work for:

Absolute protection of the permanent fund to guarantee a bright future for our children;

Stand up for our individual right to keep and bear arms;

Promote resource development that will create jobs for Alaskans.

I have a strong belief in family and faith. I believe that if we work together, Alaska will be a better place to live.

I want to continue to be your senator because I believe that working together we can make a difference in our state's future. I oppose unfunded mandates and I support keeping government out of the way of individual success. My motto is "Never let them out work you." It has been an honor to be your senator, and I am asking for your vote to allow me to continue working for you. You can reach me at 283-7203 if you have any questions or would like to talk with me personally.

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