2012 Mayoral Candidates
Neighborhood: Scenic Park (Muldoon/Tudor Curve area)
Place/date of birth: Tyndall AFB, Fla. (Panama City) January 12,1961
Occupation: Business Consultant, Property Manager, Retired APD Lieutenant, Current Assembly Member
Length of time in Alaska: Just shy of 40 years
Previous elected office(s) held: Municipal –Assembly (current), Former Chapter President of International Jaycees.
Other biographical information: Married 32 Years – My wife Valerie and I are graduates of Bartlett High School, as are our two children Sean – age 31, and Cynthia – age 29. Each have blessed us with a grandson, ages 6 and 4 – best job in the world.
Why do you want to be Mayor of Anchorage? To provide good local government that works for ALL of us.
For three primary reasons: 1 – To restore the confidence in the Public Process (Title 21, the budget, Boards and Commissions) 2 – To restore the confidence in the MOA Budget and Finances (we are not broke and yes- we CAN afford our programs and services) and 3- We have a poor manager at the helm, and I just know that we can – and MUST do better in running our municipal services and programs.
It is ultra important when deciding budgets by department – to have a solid understanding which programs make significant positive impacts, and which may be ripe for efficiency revisions. And most important – We can have NO quality of life if we do not have safe roadways, workplaces, residences, places of worship, shopping and recreation.
I will bring common sense actions and thinking, experienced leadership, a vast knowledge of the various departments of the MOA and 25 years experience providing services to the citizens of this Municipality. I am the only candidate who can and will do more than give rhetorical comments about their pledge to our public safety.
What is the single biggest issue currently facing the Municipality? Our biggest issue for the future is how and where Anchorage residents will live, work and commute. Most available land in the bowl has been developed, and the remaining parcels are challenged with costly infrastructure requirements such as steep slopes, heavy ground stabilization and of course the needed utilities to their sites. That leaves Anchorage in a mode of “redevelopment’” and what will that bring. The most important role for local government is keeping the Municipal infrastructure maintained and our government stable.
I feel that the Port of Anchorage is the most vital municipal infrastructure under construction/rebuilding. It is critical to so many items that affect not just Anchorage, but a majority of Alaskans. I wish that I could tell you what it may cost to complete, but I do truly support the Port Expansion. The previous Port Director and Mayor are responsible for the delivery of this project to completion. I have strategies to get this project back on track.
Do you support the separation of Chugiak-Eagle River from the municipality? Why or why not? I do not — because we are one Municipality with different looks and designs. I believe that Eagle River, Chugiak, Birchwood and Eklutna should have as much independent autonomy as possible. But in the end, we are one Municipality with unique sections of our beautiful city.
If elected, what would you do to improve public transportation options for residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River area? I began my MOA career at the People Mover, and it seems that we are no further along in our long term public transit options today. We can redesign a better, more user friendly transit system with collaboration from taxis, shuttles, and a regional commuter plan. It just might the best option to create a ‘hybrid’ system beginning with Eagle River, that will carry our Transit system to optimum effectiveness.
Do you support building a bridge between downtown Anchorage and Point Mackenzie? Why or why not? While I am in support of a bridge or crossing to enhance access and reduce traffic congestion, I am NOT in support of the current version of KABATA. If this entity cannot make their design work without state guaranteed funding of over a billion dollars, then this plan should be scrapped — and a new design including options of a ‘T’ — bridge from the west end of Northern lights to Fire Island, then branching to Point Mckenzie and also to Kenai. This should be a State of Alaska infrastructure project — NO TOLL.
Place/date of birth: Oregon/1955
Occupation: Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic
Length of time in Alaska: Since 1964
Previous elected office(s) held: None
Other biographical information: Posted on website www.philisley.us
Why do you want to be Mayor of Anchorage? I am running to offer voters a choice and to encourage people to get involved in their governments.
What is the single biggest issue currently facing the Municipality? The city’s current and long range budgets. I believe Anchorage cannot survive without oil money and we are just one major event from an oil bust.
Do you support the separation of Chugiak-Eagle River area? Yes, I think Chugiak-Eagle River is more responsible than the Anchorage Assembly. The Anchorage Assembly is very giving with the peoples’ money and resources.
If elected, what would you do to improve public transportation options for residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River area? I would support the current bus routes and look at expanding Eagle River service if cost effective.
Do you support building a bridge between downtown Anchorage and Point Mackenzie? Why or why not? No, the building costs and continuing maintenance costs are more than the community can support. If a power generation station using the rivers and tides were built across the Knik Arm and you could use the facility to drive across and also use it as a port facility, then I could see moving forward on the project. Multiple uses would provide more benefits for the cost and give the community energy, commerce, and transportation.
Neighborhood: Fireball Street, Eagle River (Same house, 28 years)
Place/date of birth: New York City, Jan. 1941
Occupation: Retired from federal and military service; taught electronics at Mat-Su College, University of Alaska; most past employment was in high tech areas, e.g. research and development, nuclear testing, missile systems, satellite systems, communications, radar, etc.; also, president/CEO of a precious metals company.
Length of time in Alaska: 31 years
Previous elected office(s) held: None.
Other biographical information: Military service: U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy (Vietnam era) and Alaska Army National Guard (1981-1996). U.S. Army (retired). College degrees in electronics, philosophy and anthropology. Chairman, Veterans Party of Alaska. Ham radio operator (55 years). Current “Emergency Coordinator” for Chugiak/Eagle River. Life member National Rifle Association, American Legion, Eagles, Free and Accepted Masons, Montana State University Alumni Association, American Radio Relay League, Alpha Psi Omega.
Why do you want to be mayor of Anchorage? I have served my country and my state. Now I would like to serve my city. I would use logic and reason, sans emotion, in all my decision making and I will never seek monetary or political gain at the expense of the people. I believe we must elect Statesmen instead of politicians, if the America our forefathers dreamt of is to survive.
What is the single biggest issue currently facing the Municipality? We live in the Land of the Free, not the Land of the Free Lunch! Every intelligent person realizes it costs money to operate a city, and every reasonable person is not adverse to paying their fair share. The problem is that the revenue the city receives is neither collected nor distributed fairly. There are many who reap the benefits of the Municipality, but pay nothing for them. I have a plan to correct this travesty. If my plan is accepted, those who have been paying more in property taxes would have them reduced by the additional revenue extracted from those who have paid little or nothing in the past. I am adamantly opposed to a sales tax. The people do not want one. My plan exempts the disabled and elderly, so they’ll pay little or nothing in taxes.
Do you support the separation of Chugiak-Eagle River from the Municipality? Why or why not? Yes, I do. The Chugiak-Eagle River area is capable of supporting and governing itself, and I believe the majority of its people would prefer doing so.
If elected, what would you do to improve public transportation options of residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River area? Many Chugiak-Eagle River residents depend on public transportation to get to their places of employment. The Municipality in its infinite non-wisdom to save money decided to reduce that service. So how about using smaller buses, and turning off ignitions when they are stopped for short periods? And lets investigate the possible use of hybrid vehicles. Chugiak-Eagle River should also have its own taxi service. I have been told that the Municipality refuses to issue a license in that area. Having taxi service there will allow people to take a cab home from a bar, instead of driving home drunk!
Do you support building a bridge between downtown Anchorage and Point Mackenzie? Why or why not? No, I am opposed to it. The cost to maintain a structure that size will be huge. The plan is to charge a toll to cover that cost, but as costs increase, so will tolls; then the bridge users will ultimately revert back to using the Glenn Highway. I would rather see a widening of the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage, as the next big project. Saving lives is much more important than saving time.
Place/date of birth: Fairbanks Alaska, 1951
Length of time in Alaska: 60 years
Previous elected office(s) held: Anchorage Assembly, 1999-2008
Other biographical information: I am married to a wonderful lady, Lynnette Sullivan, who is an award winning teacher in the Anchorage School District. Our daughter Jennifer recently graduated from the Robert Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and lives and works in Portland. I served as the Executive Director of the 1996 Arctic Winter Games held in Chugiak/ Eagle River and I am the founding partner of McGinley’s Pub in downtown Anchorage.
Why do you want to be Mayor of Anchorage? I can think of no greater honor than serving the city you love in a capacity where every day you get an opportunity to make improvements to our quality of life.
What is the single biggest issue currently facing the Municipality? Despite our successful efforts at reining in spending and controlling the growth of property taxes, we still face serious financial challenges going forward. I will continue to find ways to deliver excellent services while keeping as much of your hard earned money in your wallet as possible.
Do you support the separation of Chugiak-Eagle River from the municipality? Why or why not? No – we are one municipality with unique communities contained within. Chugiak-Eagle River residents have the ability to tax themselves for parks and roads, creating significant autonomy within the municipality.
If elected, what would you do to improve public transportation options for residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River area? More rideshare programs and carpooling wherever possible and if our financial picture improves, restoring bus routes, particularly if we can increase ridership to justify the cost.
Do you support building a bridge between downtown Anchorage and Point Mackenzie? Why or why not? Yes. There is only one route between the two most populated areas of the state. When the Glenn Highway closes due to accidents or weather, many thousands of people are stranded without an alternate route. The bridge would also allow thousands of trucks leaving the port with containers heading north to avoid coming through downtown Anchorage. The connection will spur economic development and will be a vital piece of infrastructure for many decades to come.