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WEDDLETON

FOR SOUTH ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY

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WEDDLETON

FOR SOUTH ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY

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I DID WHAT I SAID I WOULD DO

I promised to do the work, to stay engaged with constituents and to focus on problems and solutions, not politics.  The work has been plentiful. But when I sit at our Tuesday meetings, I am prepared and ready. I have engaged with constituents beyond my expectations. I have answered every email. I return all calls. I attend all Community Councils, HALO and the Girdwood Board of Supervisors. And those meetings just scratch the surface. I am proud to have focused on problems and solutions—not on re-election.

My 35 years as a business owner and decades of active public service with 23 years in South Anchorage provide a background for balanced decision-making on the Assembly. Being a voice on the Assembly who actively runs a business is even more important than I thought it would be. The knowledge I gained from my previous public service has also been a great benefit.

But there has been a lot to learn as well. The complexity of crime and homelessness was unexpected. Filling gaps in public needs left by cutbacks at the State has been a challenge. The variety of issues that come up have taken lots of time to get educated on: bears in neighborhoods, trail access vs property rights, the railroad and its property issues, a revamp of our bus system, squatters, junkyard homes, the list is long and every issue important. Oh, and the marijuana industry, that has taken much of my time.

The increase in crime and homelessness have been a top concern of our community. These issues are challenging. These are complex. They will not be solved quickly. But they are also not “Anchorage.” We are not a crime city.
We have the pieces in place to fix this. I will continue to work diligently to make Anchorage a safe, clean, and happy place to raise a family.

I’ve learned a lot this first term. I’ve started a large number of things and finished a few. I’d like three more years to finish up.

 
 
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But we face challenges. 

Our crime rate is lower than it was in the 90’s but our police force is spread thin.  The price of oil has tanked and we see foreshadowing of the economic problems of the late 80’s.  We continue to have turmoil in creating land use laws that work for all of us.  Many in our workforce are challenged with ‘affordable living.’ We have an ongoing challenge getting citizens involved with municipal government when we can be most effective.  That’s important because I bet you can add to this list of challenges and may be looking for a way to have an impact.

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But we face challenges. 

Our crime rate is lower than it was in the 90’s but our police force is spread thin.  The price of oil has tanked and we see foreshadowing of the economic problems of the late 80’s.  We continue to have turmoil in creating land use laws that work for all of us.  Many in our workforce are challenged with ‘affordable living.’ We have an ongoing challenge getting citizens involved with municipal government when we can be most effective.  That’s important because I bet you can add to this list of challenges and may be looking for a way to have an impact.

 

It takes balanced decision-making.   

 

This complex community is faced with unlimited demands constrained by tight budgets.  How can we keep Anchorage an amazing place to live while respecting the need to hold down the cost of government? 

You’ll hear that the Assembly should ‘fight’ whatever stripe the Mayor is labeled.  You'll hear a liberal or conservative Mayor must be resisted at every turn by a conservative or liberal block on the Assembly.  That’s not balance, that’s a battle.  How has that been working for you? Not so well for me, either.

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Let’s focus on electing leaders who can work together. 

Let’s elect people who understand constraining costs and minimizing government intrusion and who also understand that we have all chosen to live together and that creates both shared responsibilities and opportunities.  Let’s elect people who have shown a strong commitment to the work of municipal government.  Let’s choose people who have a record of collaboration to find the ‘win-win.’

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Let’s focus on electing leaders who can work together. 

Let’s elect people who understand constraining costs and minimizing government intrusion and who also understand that we have all chosen to live together and that creates both shared responsibilities and opportunities.  Let’s elect people who have shown a strong commitment to the work of municipal government.  Let’s choose people who have a record of collaboration to find the ‘win-win.’

 

With 35 years as a business owner, I know the importance of a fiscally strong government and steady economy.  

My 23 years of grass roots civic engagement and 20 years living in South Anchorage show me the importance we place on feeling safe, protecting our neighborhood, educating our kids and providing opportunities for our growing population.  

 I have learned that we succeed when we work together.  I have a proven commitment to our community.  I have the experience to work with you on the important issues. I have the time to do the job right.   

I am ready to represent the South Anchorage, Girdwood and Turnagain Arm communities on the Anchorage Assembly.  

I look forward to working with you.