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Gregory Vickrey

Candidate for Ketchikan Borough Assembly 2006
Three-Year Term

September 17, 2006

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Gregory Vickrey for Borough Assembly
Vote for a Change.
Vote for a Voice.
Vote Gregory Vickrey
for Borough

Background and Qualifications

Greetings! I am 31 years old and returned to Alaska during the summer of last year due to my love for the terrain and the people. I returned with my two dogs Truman and Nixon, good hiking boots, and a will to continue to help people and places thrive.

I have been performing service-oriented work ever since becoming an overeducated geek in physics and astronomy, my academic passions. My greatest work experiences occurred while teaching high school chemistry and creating business development opportunities in the Bristol Bay region. I have also worked in politics both local and national in scope, created and implemented solid waste managment programs, and developed a Citizens Utility Board down south. These days I am the executive director of the Tongass Conservation Society and headline our efforts to create economical and ecological sustainability for the Tongass region.

Current volunteer work:

Secretary/Treasurer of Ketchikan Youth Initiatives
Volunteer for Southeast Alaska Independent Living's ORCA program
Community Advisory Board member for KRBD
Steering Committee member for the Community Building Initiative in Ketchikan
Board member of Alaska Conservation Voters
Developer of a nonprofit dedicated to bartering
Resource Advisory Council member, Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District -
Forest Service

Campaign Statement:

Over dinner a couple of summers ago, after the throngs of reporters had left us alone and we had loosened our ties, a very wise man, good friend, and public citizen extraordinaire proceeded to talk shop. I'd like to share parts of that conversation with you - for that conversation, more than any other, is why I am running for office and seek your vote for Borough Assembly.

"There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship."
"Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you."
"Power has to be insecure to be responsive."

Democracy is an ideal shaped by the thoughts and actions of citizens. The powers that be do not own or control democracy - we do. With that in mind I believe that any elected representative has a fundamental responsibility to listen to and serve the will of ALL people and allow special interests to go by the wayside. We the people, in turn, have the responsibility to keep elected officials in check daily. That dual responsibility represents the finest element of democracy and ensures our communities will be guided in a just, ethical manner. What is daily citizenship? It's personal; it's reaching out to your neighbors; it's activity in the pursuit of good for all; it's the highest of responsibilities - daily.

"This borough has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies."

Schoenbar. Poor handling of the Ward Cove properties and veneer plant. 20^th century thinking in the 21^st century. Dysfunctional use of Borough staff time and resources. Strained relationships with the City and other government entities. Funding priority lists that do not reflect the wishes of Borough residents. Strategic plans without innovative thought or comprehensive public input. Assembly members that serve special interests and friends first. Yes, our Borough has more than it's fair share of problems. Yet with this election we the people have the opportunity to start building towards the revitalization of our community where the Assembly truly represents the will of all people, with integrity. We the people have the power to put in place an Assembly that utilizes the creative resources of the public at large. We the people have the strength to raise the quality of life for all of us by moving beyond the stagnant nature of the sitting Assembly. And we the
people have the responsibility to say no to the status quo of bumbling, stumbling, crumbling Borough politics of the past.

"When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated."

By embracing one another no matter our differences we may pursue the common good effectively and efficiently. Good will and good people go hand in hand, and each of us can see and explore it in one another. By electing officials who stand by this principle, our collective ability to move forward progressively and positively will, indeed, reinvigorate our community.

Thanks for considering my candidacy for Borough Assembly. I strive to embody the common sense principles outlined above in my work, my volunteer activities, and my friendships, and will do the same as your Assembly member. You can count on an open door, an open government, and an open mind with me as your representative at the table.

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Send me an email via to share your thoughts and raise questions and concerns. I have heard from so many good folks aleady and would love to hear from you, too.


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