Candidate for Ketchikan City
September 25, 2006
I am seeking re-election
because I believe that I can continue to provide effective leadership
in addressing the critical issues facing Ketchikan. We've made
a lot of progress during the past three years, but some major
issues face Ketchikan. I enjoy the challenges of being Mayor,
and I enjoy working with the City Council. As Mayor, I have
brought experience, energy, and commitment to the position, and
have worked hard so that Ketchikan will continue to be a great
place to live.
The long term operating agreement
and funding for major improvements for the Ketchikan Shipyard,
and the development of new and upgraded port and harbor facilities
are examples of how local government can work with the private
sector to expand Ketchikan's economic base. During the past
3 years, the City also made progress on projects like the renovation
of the Long Term Care Unit at Ketchikan General Hospital which
enhance services to our citizens while improving our economy.
I am a strong believer in
fiscal responsibility. General government and KPU have a combined
budget in excess of $80 million and over 300 dedicated employees.
City residents need to know that their money is being spent wisely,
that our spending patterns reflect community priorities, and
that local government can maintain budget discipline. Since I
have been Mayor, we have been able to improve services to our
citizens despite significant reductions in state revenue sharing.
I am proud of the fact that the city is in good financial shape
today-without raising property or sales taxes.
If re-elected, I want to focus
on several major priorities for Ketchikan, including:
- completing construction of
the Swan Lake-Tyee hydro intertie. The economic future and growth
of our businesses are inextricably tied to stable, low cost hydro
power. I am disappointed with the fact that, despite record
oil prices and the biggest capital budget in state history, funds
were not provided to complete a project which will assure low
cost hydro energy for Ketchikan. The hydro intertie is a critical
next step to securing our future.
- making utility improvements
to meet current and future community needs, e.g., upgrading and
extending the water system, and continuously upgrading telecommunications
services to meet the needs of residential and business customers.
- positioning Ketchikan as a
maritime support center, by improving our harbors, supporting
improvements in the Alaska Marine Highway System, and adding
homeport facilities for large state, federal, and commercial
vessels such as NOAA research and Alaska Marine Highway vessels.
- continuing efforts to support
and strengthen our timber and fishing industries.
Ketchikan is a place that supports
people, especially our youth and senior citizens. We need to
work with the state to maintain programs and services for our
senior citizens, while working with the borough to maintain educational
and recreational opportunities for our young people.
Please call me at 237-8103
if you have any questions or concerns.
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