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House District 32
Claudia J. Douglas, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: September 28, 1948
PLACE OF BIRTH: Laramie, Wyoming
SPOUSE: Vince Speranza
CHILDREN: Cace VanNostrand
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
255 Fairhill Road
Fairbanks, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 74837
Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
OCCUPATION: Teacher/Counselor

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
49 years
North Pole/Fairbanks: 1949-present

EDUCATION:
Lathrop High School, 1966. University of Alaska Fairbanks: 1974, Bachelor of Education; 1982, Master of Education.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Chair, Interior Democrats. Member, Alaska Teacher Certification Council. District 19 Democratic Treasurer.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
English Teacher, North Pole High and Fairbanks Alternative. Faculty Member, UA Fairbanks. President, Alaska Council of Teachers of English. Counselor, McKinley Alternative and Howard Luke Jr./Sr. High. President, Fairbanks Education Association. Teacher/Leader, Alaska State Writing Consortium. President, NEA-Alaska. Board of Examiners, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Counselor, Denali Elementary School.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
American Museum of Natural History, Phi Delta Kappa, Sweet Adelines, Assn. for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Den mother, Cub Scouts. Supporter (mom), Fairbanks Youth Hockey Assn.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Camping, Alaska history , fishing, reading, bicycling, canoeing


STATEMENT:

I have always been proud to call Fairbanks/North Pole my home. It is a community that appreciates and celebrates individualism. It values the fiercely independent Alaskan spirit. My Fairbanks roots run deep. I grew up hearing my father talk about experiences on the Alaska Railroad and watching my mother's dedication to her work at our family's gas station on the Old Rich and at the North Pole Post Office.

Public service characterized my family, so I followed their footsteps by becoming a public school teacher. I learned to listen carefully to students, parents and grandparents. I understand the value of military commitment and involvement in our community.

I believe that problems have solutions if we are willing to commit the time and energy to seek the answers. We will accomplish more by working together; people must come before political gamesmanship and special interest.

For four sessions, I worked in Juneau and know how the legislative process works and what causes it to break down. I understand the value of listening, honesty and fair dealing.

I will proudly represent all residents in District 32: Steese East, Badger Road 1 and 2, Ft. Wainwright and Lakeview by listening to you and working to find solutions to problems that challenge our community. Voters in District 32 deserve a representative in Juneau who will be responsive to the interests of everyone. Together, we have the potential to improve the lives and futures of all members of our community.


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