Why I Am Running
Juneau families are being hurt by the recession. Because of years of cuts, Alaskans have lost part of our dividend, Juneau has lost hundreds of jobs, and the state has lost thousands of residents. Alaska desperately needs a sustainable financial plan and I am frustrated that our leaders have not accomplished that.
Why I Am the Best-Qualified Candidate
I am the most experienced candidate with the strongest knowledge of what matters to Juneau families. I have 15 years experience balancing budgets and developing relationships with leaders around the state as I’ve advocated for education. I know our community well. For 32 years, Mike and I have lived and raised our three kids here. As a former social worker and five-term School Board member, I have a deep understanding of what matters to families. I’ve listened to their concerns during hundreds of hours in phone calls, on their doorsteps, during thousands of hours of school board meetings – and more than a few hours at the grocery store.
Social and Economic Justice
I am passionate about these issues. All voices are valuable, but not everyone has access to decision makers. Government serves best when all perspectives are taken into account. Processes, policies, programs, and practices can be exclusive and have negative, often invisible consequences. Every action we take should be evaluated in terms of actual impacts on real people. I am committed to the principle that everyone has a right to thrive.
We need a transportation plan that’s affordable, reliable, and sustainable. The ferry system always will be our region’s main highway and must be strengthened, not cut further. I believe we can benefit from a road. A future road increases access choices and reduces travel and shipping costs.
Every single person deserves quality, affordable health care. Right now, costs are too high for some families and too high for the state. Voluntary pooling, posting rates so that consumers can shop around, and free primary care clinics can help reduce costs. I believe that all women have a right to make their own health care decisions. Continuing Medicaid expansion is the best option for the state’s economy and the health of Alaskans.
Hecla Greens Creek and the Kensington are good neighbors to Juneau and provide hundreds of well-paying jobs. I support resource development, but am opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. It is too risky to be in the middle of a fishing reserve at the headwaters of the home of half the world’s sockeye fishery.