Creating Opportunity for All
Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed, to find good work, and a safe community built around great schools. Like many of you, I grew up without wealth or privilege. When I was six a robber broke into my father’s office where my dad was working late, and killed him. My brother and I were placed in foster homes, where I lived for twelve years until I graduated high school.
My wife Kelly and I have had great opportunity in our 33 years in Fairbanks (1988-1989) and Anchorage. I’ve been fortunate to find good work, including as an Assistant Attorney General on Alaska’s civil prosecution of Exxon after the disastrous Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Kelly has made her way as a loved hospital physical therapist. We’ve found good opportunities in this state. Those opportunities are disappearing.
I’m running because you deserve a brighter future.
I started working in middle school, and made it through college and graduate school with scholarships, financial aid, and by working when I wasn’t in class. Alaskans of all backgrounds also want to succeed. They just need the opportunity we all deserve, and that I was lucky to have.
Governor Dunleavy has made life, and the chance to succeed, harder for people in both our large and small communities. He’s violated Alaska law by not sending out millions of dollars we owe to local communities, forcing many of them to raise your local property taxes to pay for state obligations. His cuts have damaged a University that’s been forced to eliminate vocational education (job training certificates) and higher education courses. His attack on the University of Alaska has taken money out of the economy, which then doesn’t get spent at our small businesses. It’s damaged our ability to train Alaska workers needed by Alaska businesses. It’s damaged the opportunity to succeed.
Being Born without privilege or wealth shouldn’t be a barrier to job training, college and success.
I’ve worked and voted to support our schools, University and job training, and helped strengthen our aid plan so more students and workers can get needed scholarships when they aren’t born with wealth. And I’m proud to have received national awards for my work standing up for Alaska’s foster youth (2018 Adoption Excellence Award and 2017 Casey Excellence for Children Award) so they have a deserved chance to prosper in this state.