By John Binkley
August 06, 2006
I have been blessed to travel often during this campaign and speak with the many Alaskans who stand ready to affect positive change for this State. You have expressed your desire for a more responsive government - and say you have had enough of broken promises and broken trust. It is these kinds of sentiments that motivated me to run for governor - and I couldn't be more excited to take on the challenge.
Restoring trust in government can be achieved through honest leadership. As governor, I will lead by example and expect the same of my commissioners and executive staff. I recognize that the majority of State employees are dedicated and loyal professionals. Their image should not be tainted due to the unscrupulous actions of a few.
A governor will be asked to make thousands of decisions over a four-year term; the decision-making process must be based on a strong ethical foundation. In other words, the public must trust that the governor is acting in their best interest - at all times. Together we can accomplish great things for Alaska if we set priorities and commit to an action plan based on clear motives.
My priorities include the following:
Before any of these goals can be achieved, my administration must set the proper tone. Alaskans need to know where their leaders stand. For this reason, I recently presented my plan to raise the standard of ethics in government. It is based on conversations I've had with thousands of Alaskans over the last year.
My goal is to reestablish trust in government by raising the standards for ethical guidelines and by keeping the public informed. You will see in this outline and in more detail on my website that my approach to ethics is different than any you've seen. Why? Because it involves action.
My ethics plan will include the following steps:
Though not everyone will agree with the decisions I make as governor, at least we can all agree those decisions should be made based on clear ethical guidelines. It is time to eliminate ambiguities in current law and raise the standards.
Moving Alaska forward will be that much easier if the public has confidence and trust in their government. I am committed to earning that trust and working hard every day to keep it.
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