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House District 29
John Davies, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: February 2, 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bethesda, Maryland
SPOUSE: Linda Schandelmeier
CHILDREN: Brian (27), Karen (18), Lauren (17),
Ben (15), Mara, (14)
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
1998 Kittiwake Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 81781
Fairbanks, AK 99708-1781
E-MAIL ADDRESS: jdavies@alaska.net
OCCUPATION: Seismologist, Representative

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
24 years
Fairbanks: 10/81-present, 6/67-11/74

EDUCATION:
High School: Lake Washington, Kirkland, 1959-63, Diploma. Reed College, Portland, 1963-67, B.A., Physics. University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1967-75, M.S. and Ph.D. Geophysics.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
House of Representatives. Committees: Finance, Budget and Audit, Natural Resources, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Regulation Review, Community and Regional Affairs. Subcommittees: Natural Resources, Environmental Conservation, Law, UA Budget. Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly: Co-Chair, Finance; Deputy Presiding Officer.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Research Associate, Columbia University, NY. Geophysicist, Alaska Department of Natural Resources. State Seismologist, Geophysical Institute, UAF. Coordinating Scientist, Alaska Volcano Observatory. President, Arctic Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Director, Alaska Chapter, National Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council. Board of Directors, Play 'N Learn.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Spinach Creek Road Commission, Chair. Alaska Alpine Club, President. Community Pledge. College Hills Neighborhood Watch Program.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Camping, hiking, skiing, biking


STATEMENT:

Education:
The education of our children is one of my top priorities. Education includes Healthy Families, Head Start, quality day care, K-12, and the University of Alaska. I have consistently supported education and, if re-elected, will continue to do so.

University of Alaska Fairbanks:
The university is a critically important part of what makes Fairbanks a great place to live. We need a sound budget to assure the ability to maintain quality programs. Piecemeal progress was made on the deferred maintenance problem, but a long-term solution is still needed. The university is a major economic asset for Fairbanks. We need to fight to keep the flagship of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, along with its major schools and research institutes.

Resource Development and the Environment:
Alaska is a state rich in natural resources. Utilization of those resources plays an important role in our economy. But the days of indiscriminate development using outside labor are over. We need clear, well-justified laws that protect our environment and encourage local hire and value-added processing in Alaska. We can have good jobs and a healthy environment.

Budget Stability:
We continue to postpone the development of a long-range fiscal plan. Spending our savings accounts and simply cutting the budget are not responsible solutions to the problems created by declining oil revenues. We need a plan that provides for a lean operating budget, accounts for increases in population and inflation, and gets us off the capital budget roller coaster.


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