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House District 21
Sharon M. Cissna, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: April 5, 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH: Seattle, Washington
SPOUSE: Stanley Robbins
CHILDREN: Robin Naughton
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
2612 East 20th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 141892
Anchorage, Alaska 99514
E-MAIL ADDRESS: scissna@scissna.org
OCCUPATION: Business Owner, Mental Health Counselor
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
31 years

Anchorage: 1994-present, 1978-93, 1967-74
Fairbanks: 1993-94
Kodiak: 1974-78

EDUCATION:
High School: Federal Way, Washington, 1956-60, Diploma (Business). Knapp Business College, 1962. University of Washington, 1964-67; UAA, 1970-72, B.A. APU, 1990-92, M.S.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
President, Board, Airport Heights Community Council. Alaska State Legislative Aide: 1995, 1973, 1971. Co-Chair, Alaska Voters for an Open Primary. Member, Anchorage Comprehensive Plan Citizens' Task Force. PTA: Member, former Board Member, School District's Outstanding Volunteer Award. Past President, Chugach State Park Citizen Advisory Board. Co-Chair, PARK, (lobbied/won voter approval Area-wide Park Power, 1970.) Chair, Chugach State Park Ad Hoc Committee (proposed/lobbied for Chugach State Park, 1969-70).

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Owner: publication service businesses since 1972; Solutions, family/individual counseling/consulting since 1994. Board, World Wide Design, Inc., since 1995 (daughter's Web development corporation, Seattle).

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Alaska Press Women, Alyeska Toastmasters, University of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Pacific University Alumni Associations


STATEMENT:

Growing discontent between Alaska's urban and rural communities marked the adjournment of this last legislative session. For small Anchorage companies with rural customers, that discontent spells disaster. Alaskans need a legislature that understands the principals of trade that fuel small business: Loyalty, commitment and respect. The global economy is an alluring next-step, but if we want a healthy economy we must first foster and maintain loyalty between Alaskans.

We need a legislature that is pro small business. It was in early pre-oil Anchorage that I began my first business here. My company weathered the economic downturn of the mid-80's. I know firsthand, having been a head-of-household for many years, how state government influences local business. Livelihoods can be devastated when our government fails to consider the effects of its actions.

Through my many years of community work, I have learned from my neighbors and gained the experience necessary to provide excellent District 21 representation in the legislature. My years of work with troubled youth; my ongoing commitment to school and community projects in East Anchorage; and my involvement in park creation and maintenance have given me the tools to prioritize the safety and health of our neighborhoods.

Working my way through school and earning degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University helped shape my understanding of the educational needs of our future workforce. Education is our most important resource to insure our success in the world economic market.

I would appreciate your vote.


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