Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Election Day Thank You!


Thanks to everyone who has volunteered throughout this campaign, including at sign waving this morning.  

I'm also grateful to the many individuals and organizations who supported this campaign, including but not limited to:

Individuals: Governor Tony and Susan Knowles, Vic Fischer, Aaron Plikat, Abel Bult-Ito, Alex Baker, Angel Colon , Anna Bosin, Barbara Huff-Tuckness, Barry Piser, Becky Parker, Beth Kemp, Bill Eggimann and Jane McClure, Bob Doehl, Bonnie and Bob Bundy, Bonnie DeArmoun and Seth Andersen, Brad Meiklejohn, Brandon McGuire, Bronson Frye, Calvin Schrage, Cammy and Scott Taylor, Cat Coward and Tim Silbaugh, Ceezar Martinson, Cheryl Richardson, Chloe Cotton, Chris Crutchfield, Chris McConnell, Clare Boersma, Colleen Hickey, Dan Beutel and Eva Gardner,Danny Esparza, Deborah Kelly, Debra Reed, Diana Rhoades, Dmitry Surnin, Eleanor Andrews, Elissa Brown and Chris Pike, Gail Siefert, Gary Dixon, Gavin Dixon, Gershon Cohen, Grace Kubitz, Griffin Hagle, Jahna Lindemuth, Jake Metcalfe, Janet McCabe, Jason Alward, Jennifer Hazen, Jim O’Malley, Jim Jansen, Jo and Peter Michalski, Joelle Hall, Joey Merrick, John Lapkass and Osa Tham, Jordan Adams, Josh Corbett, Kate and Danny Consenstein, Kay Gajewski, Kevin McGee, Kim Hays, Larry Michael and Allan Ramsey, Laura Bonner, Linda Duck, Lindsay Hajduk and Jed Smith, MacKenzie Barnwell, Mara Hill, Marcie Obremski, Maria Williams, Margie Mock, Mary and Michael Tullius, Mary and Neal Fried, Mary Geddes, Maryann Ganacias, Matt Claman, Max Kubitz, Mike Coumbe, Mike Teo, Nancy Merriman, Nelta Edwards, Parry and Linda Grover, Patrice Parker, Pearl Brower, Rachel Barinbaum, Rich Curtner, Rick Boyles, Rick Steiner, Ryan Andrew, Scott and Cherie Curry, Shirley Saucerman, Stephanie Rhoades and Russ Webb, Susan Urig, Sydnee Davis, Tara Wheatland, Tom Klaameyer, Trish O’Gorman, Virginia McClure.

Organizations: Planned Parenthood Advocates, Anchorage Central Labor Council, Alaska Chamber of Commerce PAC, National Education Association, Anchorage Police Department Employees Association PAC, Associated General Contractors PAC, Alaska Nurses Association, SEIU Caregivers, Alaska Miners Association PAC, Anchorage Central Labor Council, IBEW Local 1547, Teamsters Local 959, UA Local 367, Laborers Local 341 and 71, ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, APEA/AFT, IAFF (Firefighters), Operating Engineers Local 302.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Join Us for Fairview Votes GOTV

 You're invited to join other neighbors for Fairview Votes GOTV. We'll meet at 1pm, Sunday November 6th, at 910 E. 17th Ave (corner of 17th and Juneau St in Fairview).  I'll have maps and literature, with a goal of being able to finish your area within an hour.  If you'd like to attend please let me know (907-201-2895) so I can have the right amount of literature.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Alaska Beacon Candidate Q&A

Thanks to the Alaska Beacon for publishing Q&As with all candidates who chose to participate.  Here are my answers on some key issues:

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s legislative candidates to answer a 15-question survey about their positions on a variety of issues. Read all of their responses here. Answers have not been edited.

Zack Fields, Democratic candidate from Anchorage

Yes/No questions

The Alaska Constitution allows legislators to call a constitutional convention at any time. Are you interested in calling a convention?


Would you be willing to join a coalition majority in which the opposite political party controls a majority of seats?


Should new public employees have access to a pension?


Should the state take over the federal permitting process that regulates construction in wetlands?


Should Juneteenth be a state holiday?


Open-ended questions

How should the state of Alaska set the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend each year?

By assessing how much funding is available for public services and dividends, without exceeding the 5% POMV draw that protects the principal of the Permanent Fund. The benefits of each incremental dollar appropriated to dividends should be weighed against the value of each incremental dollar appropriated to public safety, public education, services for kids and seniors, capital investments, need to capture/maximize federal match, and other core services. Spending on dividends also should be weighed against the benefit of growing the Permanent Fund’s principal. I believe we should be willing to have more modest dividends for the next 5-10 years in order to grow the Permanent Fund to $100 billion (present value) and fully insulate the state against the vagaries of oil prices. This would allow us to sustainably fund services and dividends, and when oil windfalls materialize we could either strengthen our endowments and/or make one-time larger investments such as deferred maintenance, energy relief checks, or some balance thereof.

What’s the biggest need in your district, and how would you address it?

Our district has two pressing needs that are equally important: Reduce homelessness and drug-related vagrancy (vagrancy and homelessness are not the same, though the drug epidemic has exacerbated both), and re-invest in public education so we have functioning school buildings, small class sizes, and can recruit and retain great teachers.

What policies and laws should Alaska follow with regard to abortion?

Our Constitution protects Alaskans’ right to privacy, which includes abortion access. I do NOT support infringing on individuals’ Constitutional rights. Furthermore, from a moral perspective, it is unconscionable to take away women’s access to health care that in many cases can be life-saving. And it is absurd to think that legislators or judges could in any way anticipate the myriad nuanced and rapidly-evolving medical situations that pregnant women will face, each in their own circumstances. I just can’t fathom how any policy maker could even contemplate taking away women’s rights to make their own health care decisions when politicians (or judges) won’t even have the least idea of what those circumstances will be for each individual woman.

How should the state reduce the threat of gun violence and mass shootings?

I strongly support “red flag” laws so people who have a demonstrated risk of violence have less access to weapons that facilitate mass murder. It’s also clear we need to consider how law enforcement agencies assess risk and intervene to prevent mass murder.

How much should a legislator’s faith or religion determine state law and policy?

I think it’s important we value human life and human rights, and that can and often is informed by lawmakers’ religious beliefs. If religion drives us to value one another, and we balance that with a respect for the personal autonomy of all people, and a humility about ourselves, I think each of us can be driven to do good work and also respect the laws (intrinsic to democracy, I belief) that preclude any one religion from superseding laws that protect civil rights. In summary: Let faith drive us to do good works, and serve one another, while respecting that theocracy is poisonous to democracy and individual rights.

What should the state do to improve retention of public employees, including teachers?

Alaska has the worst retirement benefits for teachers, police officers, and troopers in the United States. As a result, we are losing much-needed public safety and public education professionals. We need to restore defined benefit pensions and ensure we adequately fund operations of both our public schools and our police departments, Troopers, and VPSOs. At a time of challenges and uncertainty in these important professions, let us be clear: Alaskans support our police, and Alaskans support our teachers.

What does an ideal state ferry system look like?

The ideal ferry service provides adequate, reliable transportation to coastal communities for which road access is either non-existent or insufficient, ensuring the long term economic and social prosperity of our coastal communities. It’s important to recognize that a strong ferry system is not merely a parochial issue for coastal Alaska, but part of our statewide transportation system, because strong coastal communities strengthen Alaska’s economy as a whole, and because coastal economies are closely linked with towns on the road system.

What, if any, changes does the state need to make to ensure voting is equitable and secure?

The witness verification requirement for voting by mail has disenfranchised far too many voters, and that requirement should probably be eliminated.

What do you intend to do about the poor returns of salmon in the Yukon and Kuskokwim drainages, and what are the main causes of the problems?

Climate change and ocean acidification are wreaking havoc on fisheries from Southeast to the Kuskokwim. As fish populations (and game) continue to shift north, though irregularly, the state as a whole needs to invest in scientific monitoring (including at the level of ADF&G monitoring, but not limited to that) so that fishermen can adapt to climate change as much as is possible. In addition, we should support aggressive enforcement of laws to prevent illegal Russian and Chinese fishing that threatens our well-managed fisheries in closer waters. Finally, we should engage in reductions of global warming pollution ourselves (e.g. through a cleaner, more reliable electric grid) and by supporting national and international standards that mitigate the worst effects of climate change (e.g. a Border Adjustment Tax to make sure Chinese and other third-world manufacturers can’t undercut cleaner American production and good jobs).

What constitutional amendments, if any, do you support?

We already have the strongest Constitution of any state and I think it would be a profound mistake to attempt re-writing the Constitution at a moment of extreme vitriol, partisanship, violence, and misinformation.


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Record Non-Profit Fundraising Thanks to Online Raffle Reform

Today the Great Alaska Duck Race set a record for raffle ticket sales because they could conduct some raffle sales online--a reform that I initiated at the request of Jamie Klaes of Excel Alaska.  That's Jamie in the photo with Zara, Simone, and me.  Numerous charities will receive contributions from today's fundraiser, from Covenant House to Alaska Trails.

Thanks to Excel Alaska and the dozens of other non-profits that helped me shepherd this legislation into law so our non-profits can help more Alaskans.

In case you were curious about the legislative details, the bill I introduced nearly two years ago was HB 128. I worked with House Finance Committee members to roll HB 128 language into SB 204, and now the charitable raffle reforms are law.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

New Shoes

I've worn out two pairs of shoes door-knocking this election cycle, but fortunately there's a local, and locally owned shoe store downtown where I could pick up some new ones.  Thanks to everyone who's shared what's important to you when I've come to your door.

If I've missed you when I visited your house, or if you live in a multi-family unit that's not canvassable, don't hesitate to call me (907) 201-2895 to talk about the issues that are important to you before voting in November.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Primary Results Are In! Thank you.

Thank you for your support in this election.  I appreciate everyone who volunteered, put up a yard sign, contributed, and helped cohost fundraisers. Thanks to all of your hard work, I am leading in votes cast for the August primary. Now, we must take that energy to November 8th.  I will run hard all the way across the finish line, but I can't do it without you.

Can you email or text me if you'd like to cohost my final fundraiser this cycle? It will be on Thursday, October 6th from 5:30-7pm.  

Our district turned out at a very high rate for the primary, which is a great sign for the November 8th general election.  In addition, it is encouraging to see great candidates in the lead or in close races in other districts across the city and the state. I think we have good odds of retaining a bipartisan coalition in the House, and building a strong coalition in the Senate, assuming we all work hard over the next two months.

Thank you again for your help in this election, and for everything you do for our neighborhood, city, and Alaska.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Thank you! (and please remember to vote by the August 16 primary)

Thanks to everyone who hosted and cohosted a great election party and fundraiser this evening. 
It was a joy to see Governor Tony and Susan Knowles....
...And Vic Fischer and Jane Angvik at the same event!

I feel pretty lucky that Zara and Simone get to meet such amazing Alaskans.  Special thanks to Eleanor Andrews, Becky Parker, Debra Reed, Tyler Jones, Lee Ellis, everyone who contributed food and drinks, and the 60+ cohosts who put the event together.

Election Day Thank You!

  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered throughout this campaign, including at sign waving this morning.   I'm also grateful to the man...