Candidate for the Ketchikan Borough Assembly - Three Year Term
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Alaska has been my home for the past 24 years, residing in Ketchikan for 17 years. I am married and have two daughters and five grandchildren living in Ketchikan. I previously served two terms on the Borough Assembly, and I served one year on the Ketchikan Borough Planning Commission. I am a member of the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and served on the board and as President. I am an officer in the Ketchikan Lions Club (a member for 40 years), and I have served as the Lions coordinator for Ketchikan's 4th of July celebration for the past eight years. In April 1994 I retired from the US Forest Service with 33 years of service. I have served as the Executive Director of C.A.R.E. since it was organized in April 1996.
My highest priority is to promote the economic well being of Ketchikan. We need to work as a community team. A strong diverse economy with stable family jobs and businesses is the foundation of our quality community. Healthy businesses and good jobs sustain the quality of our community. I am committed to strengthening the community's economy by promoting policies and actions that support local businesses and attract new business to our community. I am committed to obtaining the infrastructure to attract and keep these businesses, jobs and families in Ketchikan.
I am dedicated to all segments of our current or potential industries (tourism, timber, fishing, and mining). Strong continuing support is needed for development new industries location in Ward Cove, on Gravina Island, the shipyard. I will work to diversify our economy.
There are things the borough can do to encourage business and economic development.
The bridge to Gravina, the road and utilities to Lewis Reef, and a new arts center are examples. Sewer, water, power, and transportation are going to be critical to residential and industrial development and our future. The borough must be more business friendly in its policies and actions. . The City and Borough must work together to encourage economic and amenity development.
Citizens must feel they can freely offer their opinions and believe they have been heard about their concerns. As an elected official I work for the public, not myself. Constituents pay for local government and should be treated as the valued customers of municipal services. Government must provide these services effectively and efficiently.
I have the experience, leadership skills, personal and fiscal integrity, and honesty to represent you as a member of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.
I would appreciate your vote
on October 5, but most of all please vote.