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Senate District D
John C. Torgerson, Republican


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DATE OF BIRTH: October 21, 1947
PLACE OF BIRTH: Iowa City, Iowa
SPOUSE: Marjorie
CHILDREN: Leila, Jolene, Marissa
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
101.5 Mile Sterling Highway
Kasilof, Alaska 99669
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 1068
Kasilof, Alaska 99610
OCCUPATION: Self-Employed
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
48 years

Kasilof: 1975-present
Seward: 1960-75
Fairbanks: 1950-60

EDUCATION:
High School: U.S. Army, 1966, GED

MILITARY SERVICE:
U.S. Army, 3 years service, E-5

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Alaska Senate, 20th Session. Chair: DOT Task Force; AHREC Task Force; DOT, DEC, and DCED Budget Subcommittees. Member: Finance, Resources, Rules, LB&A Committees; Mental Health Parity Task Force. 19th Session: Chair, C&RA; Vice-Chair, L&C; Member, Legislative Council. Former: Assembly Member, Kenai Peninsula Borough; President, Alaska Municipal League and Kenai Peninsula Caucus; Western States Representative, National Association of Development Organizations.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Member/past President, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Former Board Member, Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Peninsula Winter Games: founding Board Member, past President. Kenai Eagles: Member, past President. Kasilof Eagles, Soldotna Elks, Seward American Legion, Pioneers of Alaska, Veterans of Foreign Wars (lifetime member).

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Hiking, goldpanning


STATEMENT:

As a 38-year resident of the Kenai Peninsula, I know its needs very well. I have a strong background in community service and believe that it is very important for any elected official to be involved in more than political groups.

My wife and I are "recycled parents," having raised three of our grandchildren. The top issue facing our children is a good education. I will continue my efforts in revising the old education formula to make sure our recently passed legislation on the distribution of state funds will fairly pay for our education needs on the Kenai Peninsula.

I will continue my efforts to improve the transportation network in our communities. I intend to make certain that funding goes into revitalizing the existing graveled road network. There is no excuse to continue to ignore the needs of our Kenai Peninsula residents.

As a former business owner/manager, I know what it's like to meet a payroll, to plan for the future, and most importantly, to make hard decisions to balance my projects with actual revenues.

Philosophically, I believe that: government must practice fiscal responsibility and be accountable to its residents; government services should not duplicate or compete with the private section; local government is the most effective government service provider.


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