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House District 8
Gary L. Davis, Republican



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DATE OF BIRTH: October 8, 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH: Longview, Washington
SPOUSE: Susan Erlwein
CHILDREN: Brian, Karen, Carol
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
Mile 90 Sterling Highway
Soldotna, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 3121
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
OCCUPATION: Excavating Contractor
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
37 years


Soldotna: 1978-present
Anchorage: 1976-78
Kenai: 1973-76
Soldotna: 1961-73

EDUCATION:
Kenai High School, 1961-63, Diploma. Alaska Methodist University, 1968-72, B.A. Education.

MILITARY SERVICE:
Navy (Vietnam service, Antarctica service),1964-68, E-5

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
State Representative, 1992-present. Finance Committee, 1996-98. Chairman: Transportation Committee, 1994-96; Regulatory Review Committee, 1993-95. Vice-Chair, Health Education Social Services Committee, 1993-94. Mayor, Soldotna, 1990-92. Soldotna City Council, 1984-90.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Owner, GDX Co. Administrator, Kenai Harbor Committee. Manager, Wildwood Construction Co. Program Manager, Wildwood Boarding Program.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Soldotna Chamber, Seward Chamber, VFW Post #10046

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Family, community, sports, homesteading


STATEMENT:

We Alaskans are proud of our independence. We want our Last Frontier to last forever. It's an Alaskan attitude. Our vastness, abundant resources, and sparse population all attribute to this viewpoint. We are unique!

As a legislator I like to reflect on this attitude when making decisions affecting our state. However, industrial and commercial development, resource development, social and technological changes, increased population, and federal mandates are all impacting the decisions we make. The challenge is to integrate these changes with our hopes of maintaining as much of our uniqueness as possible.

To best achieve this integration it is important to be familiar with the past, involved and concerned with the present, and have a vision for the future.

Having been in Alaska for 37 years I am familiar with the past. My business experience, community and government involvement, and family concerns give me a firm grasp of the present. But it is the future that needs to be closely considered when making critical decisions affecting Alaskans. History shows that big government creates dependence, and limited government creates individual opportunity. There is a role for government to assist with society's problems, but these problems are not solved by government, they are solved by people. I want a future which promotes self-reliance and self-initiative. Only then can we offer the opportunity to maintain our uniqueness -- our independence.

This is what I hear Alaskans saying they want, it is what I want, and it is what I will continue to pursue.


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