|DATE OF BIRTH:||February 6, 1965|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Fairbanks, Alaska|
|RESIDENCE & MAILING ADDRESS:|| |
2004 Central Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709
|LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 15 years
|Fairbanks: 1965-66, 1970-71, 1983-present|
High School: Habersham Central High School, 1983
University: University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1990, B.A.
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
19th Legislature; Chair, Children's Caucus; Mining Caucus; Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education; Alaska's Policy Team for the Danforth Foundation. Committee Assignments for 19th Legislature: Health, Education and Social Services; Transportation; and Oil and Gas
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Laborer, Brice, Inc.
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Fairbanks; UAF Alumni Association; Alaska Miners Association; Alaska IMPACT; NAACP
Goldpanner baseball, hunting, canoeing, and reading
Recipient of the Community Service Award, Fairbanks Resource Agency; "Friends of Counseling" Award, 1996; Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994.
I enjoy volunteering in Fairbanks, whether it is recognizing students for their hard work or flipping burgers for the Alumni Association. Being elected is about being actively involved in the community you represent.
It has been an honor to work for the people of Fairbanks
for the past four years. What I offered when I first ran
was support for our education system, the creation of
jobs, protecting the people of Alaska and the energy to
do the job. I remain as committed and energetic today
as I was when I was first elected.
Over the past four years, attempts to cut the education budget have increased. If successful, this would increase local property taxes and decrease programs such as those offered at Hutchinson career center. I have opposed these efforts in the past and will continue to fight them.
Still being active in construction, I know the importance of a healthy private sector. I think it is unreasonable to expect small mining or timber operations working a few acres of land to be required to follow the same rules that a large corporation has to comply with which moves enormous amounts of material.
I believe that prevention is the most cost effective manner to address the public safety issues of Alaska. When that doesn't work, we must have the troopers and police available to respond appropriately and safely. I supported the "no frills prisons" bill so that once convicted, prisoners will serve their time.
As we continue to look at ways to reduce state spending, I believe Fairbanks must play a major role in developing a sound plan that just doesn't consolidate all the jobs in Anchorage.