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|DATE OF BIRTH:||November 19, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Maquoketa, Iowa|
|CHILDREN:||James Jr., Jeannette (Jeannie), Alice Marie|
|3068 Badger Road
North Pole, Alaska 99705
|OCCUPATION:||Accountant, Business Management|
|LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 23 years
North Pole: 1980-present
High School: Woodburn, Oregon, 1947. College/University: Merritt Davis School of Commerce, Salem, OR, 1956-57, Public Accounting.
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Alaska House of Representatives, 1993-present. Chair, House State Affairs, 1995-98. Administrative Regulation Review, 1997-98. Vice-Chair: Judiciary Committee, House Economic Task Force. Member: Resources and Legislative Council. City of North Pole Economic Development Commission. Republican Party District 18: Vice-Chair, Treasurer. FNSB: Chair, Platting Board; Planning Commission.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Owner/Manager, accounting, tax preparation and business consulting business, 1969-94. Co-Owner/Manager, Jolly Acres Motel, 1987-present.
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
North Pole Rotary, North Pole Chamber of Commerce, Airforce Association
International Training in Communication: Workshop Leader/Speaker; State President; Regional Secretary, Pacific Northwest Region; recent "Skilled Communicator."
The current challenges facing Alaska consist of better job
opportunities, high quality education for our children, and
safety for all Alaska residents in our neighborhoods and on
our city streets. Our collective monies and efforts should
provide for transportation routes, public safety, and public
facilities. Money for these should be based on need and funds
should be allocated fairly. Other benefits paid for and provided
by government funds should be those benefits the public is willing
to pay for with their tax money. A regulatory system should encourage
the public to take care of themselves rather than depend on government
A budget should be consistent from one year to another without severe rises and falls in order to keep dependence upon government spending at a minimum. Downsizing is painful, as we have discovered. We must keep our spending within our means to avoid the necessity of downsizing in the future.
As a representative, I believe it is my duty to make every effort to communicate with the people to determine their needs, and to understand their concerns. Communicating includes listening to their concerns and complaints as well as providing information that is not readily available to them.
I believe in equality and fairness in government as guaranteed by the Alaska State Constitution. Equality and fairness are the Alaskan style, and my aim is to keep it that way.