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House District 35
Thomas Van Brocklin, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: November 3, 1949
PLACE OF BIRTH: Klamath Falls, Oregon
CHILDREN: William "Bill" Van Brocklin (13)
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
111 Main Address
Cordova, Alaska 99574
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 2471
Cordova, Alaska 99574
E-MAIL ADDRESS: brocklin@ptialaska.net
OCCUPATION: Small Business Owner, College Instructor
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
40 years

Cordova: 1995-present
Valdez: 1980-94
Cordova: 1968-76, 1949-61

EDUCATION:
San Francisco State University, 1972, B.A./M.A. English. University of Washington, 1988-89, English/Technical Writing Studies.

MILITARY SERVICE:
Navy/Marines Corpsman (HM), Honorable Discharge (1970)

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Legislative Staff, Representative Gene Kubina: 1996-98, 1989-92. Past Member, Valdez City Council.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Council Member, Prince William Sound Community College. Member, Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Past President: Pioneers Igloo #7, Prince William Sound Economic Development Council. Owner, Flying Dutchman Pub and Outrigger Cafe.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Pioneers Igloo #7

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Alaska/US history, writing, photography, hiking, canoeing

OTHER:
Teacher in the PWS Elderhostel Program; specializing in courses on Alaska history. Past volunteer for Alaska Special Olympics. Mother left Cordova to give birth near parents.


STATEMENT:

Since statehood, a healthy balance of political power between rural and urban Alaska has been of fundamental importance to all our citizens. In addition, past governors and legislators have recognized that the economic health of urban and rural Alaska are intertwined.

With an eye to the future, these leaders sought to stabilize rural communities by placing jobs and services in outlying regions. The Harborview Developmental Center in Valdez, built decades ago, is but one example.

The unwillingness of the present urban-dominated Majority in the Legislature to fund this center is symbolic of today's crisis in rural Alaska. The recent attempt to grab educational funding from rural schools is another.

Some argue that the best protection for rural Alaska is to join the present urban Majority. They are wrong. As a legislative staffer I have witnessed the frustration of some rural Majority legislators as the interests of their constituents were overruled. It happened often enough to indicate that a healthy balance of power between rural and urban Alaska is gone.

As a rural Alaskan who has worked with the oil industry and the commercial fishing industry, spent years in the classroom, and owner of a small business, I will bring a balanced perspective to my role as legislator and a dedication to regaining the necessary political balance.

I will work with other rural legislators, and urban Alaskans sympathetic to our cause, to see that the needs of our Seniors, our children, our families -- all of our people -- are met.


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