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House District 2
Ben Grussendorf, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: February 23, 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
SPOUSE: Karen
CHILDREN: Tim, Karla
RESIDENCE &
MAILING ADDRESS:
1221 Halibut Point Road
Sitka, Alaska 99835
OCCUPATION: Educator

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
31 years
Sitka: 1967-present

EDUCATION:
High School: Grand Rapids, Minnesota. University of Minnesota, B.A. University of Minnesota, M.A.; Washington State University.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Alaska House of Representatives, 1980-98. Speaker, Alaska House of Representatives, 3 terms. Chair, Rules Committee; Member: Finance Committee, Special Committee on Fisheries. Alaska Municipal League Legislative Committee, 6 years. Mayor, City and Borough of Sitka, 2 terms. President, Alaska Conference of Mayors, 2 terms. Assembly Member, City and Borough of Sitka, 2 terms. Chair, Municipal Finance and Utility Committee. Chair, Sitka Charter Commission.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Instructor (national, state and local government/social sciences), Sitka High School and Sitka Community College

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Lions, Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Elks, Moose, Pioneers of AK, Sons of Norway

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, exploring with the hound, public service


STATEMENT:

Economy - I believe we can develop our state without losing our Alaska lifestyle. We have to do more than just provide raw materials for labor outside the state. Viable industries must be encouraged. We must continue to develop our mining, fishing, tourism, energy resources, agriculture and forestry to put Alaskans to work. We must stop exporting jobs and importing workers. Our work force must be employed and protected by an Alaska hire policy.

Permanent Fund - Earnings should be used when necessary as a positive counter-cyclical force in the Alaska economy.

Fisheries - Continue the constant battle to ensure that Alaskan's interests in the fisheries are protected.

Fish and Wildlife - The state must retain the management rights over these resources.

Education - All Alaskans, regardless of age, should have an opportunity to develop their talents and skills, including college and trade opportunities.

Social Services - Strong programs are needed for prevention and treatment of alcoholism, drug abuse and physical abuse. Programs are needed in the areas of physical and mental health, and for our senior citizens, that they may live comfortably in Alaska.

Transportation - We must maintain and improve ferry service and assist communities in the building of docks, harbors and airplane facilities.

Protection - We need additional training and modern equipment for police and fire protection.


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