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House District 39
Mary K. Sattler, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: August 31, 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH: Anchorage, Alaska
SPOUSE: Jonathan Kapsner
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
553 7th Avenue
Bethel, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 1129
Bethel, Alaska 99559
OCCUPATION: Community Health Representative
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
24 years



Bethel: 1986-present
Platinum: 1983-85
Tuntutuliak: 1981-83
Kwethluk: 1980-81
Juneau: 1976-79

EDUCATION:
Poudre High School, Ft. Collins, CO, 1990-91, Diploma. University of N. Colorado, 1991-94; University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1994-95; University of Alaska Southeast, 1995-97; University of Alaska Anchorage, 1997-98.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Legislative Intern, Representative Irene Nicholia, 1996

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Community Health Representative. Rural Outreach Coordinator, Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Legislative Correspondent, ARCS Midday News. Political Commentator, Tundra Drums Newspaper, Fisheries Technician, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Commercial Fisherman. Partner, Harvest Moon Seafoods, Inc.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Inuit Circumpolar Conference Youth Council, 1998. Youth Representative, National Congress of American Indians, 1995-96. Wooch. Een Native Organization, University of Alaska Southeast. Founded Native American student organization, University of N. Colorado, 1993.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Fishing, traveling, tribal government, family


STATEMENT:

As a lifelong resident of Alaska, with much exposure to village life and experience working with Urban people, I can articulate different perspectives and have the ability to bring people together on divisive issues.

In the last two legislative sessions, Alaskans have witnessed extremely divisive legislation aimed at hurting or undoing many important rural programs and services, which has fractionalized our State. My goal as your legislator is to bring people together, so that lawmakers can focus their attention on fairly appropriating the State's resources.

As your legislator, my priorities will be:

Subsistence:
I will strongly support a constitutional amendment which guarantees subsistence rights to rural Alaskans and defines "subsistence hunting" in terms of culture, lifestyle, need, and which recognizes the extended family concepts of Alaskan Natives. Stability and security of every community in rural Alaska is dependent upon continued access to fish and game resources.

Education:
I support full funding and forward funding for education, not funding based on perceptions of what is available in the budget. Quality education is a vital and integral part of a secure, stable community. I support the education endowment.

Fisheries:
With declining fish prices and an economy dependent upon fisheries, I will work toward developing new niche marketing strategies through the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Safe Water and Sanitation:
Water and sanitation standards in rural Alaska are inadequate in comparison to the rest of the nation. The state and federal government must continue to work to improve our health and sanitation standards.


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