Republican candidate for House District 34
Lisa (wife), two sons
Commercial fisherman, retired Juneau police captain
24 years with Juneau Police Department, two terms as CBJ Assembly member, two years as deputy mayor of Juneau
Northern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science in Conservation with Minor in Criminal Justice
When kids were living at home, we put it into their education fund. Now, it goes into our savings account for future needs.
I want to map out a long-range plan for how to use and distribute the draw from the earnings reserve between the PFD and the general fund. We need to focus on delivering essential services as effectively and cost-efficiently as possible, and we need to fund critical infrastructure. I support forward funding for education and will advocate for getting Juneau Access back on track.
Do you agree with using a portion of Alaskans' PFDs to fund state government? If not, what government services would you propose cutting or taxes would you propose raising to pay for it?
Yes, I agree with the use of the percentage of market value (POMV) approach to balance the budget – at the same time, I believe it is important to revisit the PFD formula to provide economic stability for Alaskans – and avoid the uncertainty caused by the legislature or governor setting an arbitrary amount for the dividend. We must continue to look for efficiencies in state government, responsibly develop our natural resources, continue partnering with oil and gas exploration and production, encourage Alaskans’ entrepreneurial spirit and keep moving forward on Juneau Access. I do not support an income tax and believe it will make it even more difficult for young families and fixed income seniors to live here.
Do you support the state paying health care providers less? If not, how would you limit state spending on health care?
I support increased health education to reduce state spending. We have experienced great outcomes with the City and Borough of Juneau’s “Health Yourself” model. I support opening state borders to increase health insurance competition to provide more service options and reduce costs.
Where do you stand on the criminal justice reforms enacted by SB 91 and what changes (if any) would you like to see?
Senate Bill 54 attempted to fix some of the shortcomings of Senate Bill 91. We need stronger penalties for repeat offenders. Alaskans are tired of having their personal property stolen and want to see the criminal justice system work better. Some drug-related crimes should return to felony offenses. I support drug treatment options, but repeat offenders need jail time. Car theft is also rampant, it should be should be treated the same as other personal property theft. If the vehicle value exceeds $750, then it should be considered a felony. My 24 years of law enforcement experience will be valuable for working with both sides of the aisle to find the right solutions.
The Alaska Marine Highway ferries are integral to our Southeast transportation system – as well as providing access to Central Alaska. We need to continually review the most efficient, affordable vessels and routes, provide adequate funding, and explore alternative management systems (such as proposed by the Southeast Conference). I strongly support Juneau Access as well, and believe it is key to Juneau’s future economic opportunities and growth – and for preserving Juneau as the capital city.