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House District 31
Valerie M. Therrien, Democrat

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CHILDREN: Danielle, Aleona (both adopted)
779 8th Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
OCCUPATION: Businesswoman, Attorney

22 years
Fairbanks: 1976-present

Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, 1992-95; 1986-89. Chair: Ethics, Arts, Finance/Budget Committees. Member: Health and Social Services, Audit Committees. Legislative Liaison, 1992-95. Fairbanks City Council, 1982-85: City Council Representative to FNSB Assembly; Fairbanks Blue Ribbon Alcohol, Human Rights and Transportation Commissions; Revenue Review Committee. Active in the Alaska Municipal League. State of Alaska Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Chair, Legislative Committee; Member, Budget Committee.

Alaska Bar Association: Substance Abuse Committee, Pro Bono Attorney. Instructor, UAF School of Business.

Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Women's Political Caucus, League of Women Voters, Immaculate Conception Church, Girl Scout Leader Troop #187


Because the issues facing Alaska are as diverse as our State, I've been door-knocking in District 31 neighborhoods seeking your input on the needs of our community. As your representative, I will focus on your concerns, basic fundamental rights: family safety, a good education for our children, respect and sensible actions from your representatives, someone who will listen and seek solutions. You want a legislature which will balance our State's funding needs responsibly within available revenues, not creating chaos, by destroying complete programs, just to "cut the budget."

I will use my extensive borough assembly and city council experience to listen and then seek solutions. I'll be accessible, while being respectful to divergent viewpoints.

I will support your right to vote on subsistence. We need community advisory boards to provide local input to fish and game decisions.

I'll work to improve our community's safety by promoting increased police levels and enforcement efforts, especially in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence. DARE programs in every school are needed.

We must secure our children's future by supporting our great education and University system. Our high school graduates must be qualified for the ever-changing job market. A stable economy will support more good jobs in Fairbanks, encouraging our children to stay in Fairbanks.

I'll be a vocal advocate in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse. Education and prevention is crucial to win this battle. Saving one child from fetal alcohol syndrome is worth the effort!

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