Reflections from an Assembly candidate


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Nearly 20 years ago my family and I pulled off the Glenn Highway looking for the friend of a friend (we knew nobody else) that was gracious enough to let us park at her house in Eagle River. I knew right away this adventure was going to take hard work, perseverance, skill, and the help of many others. We bought our first home and have been committed to our community ever since.

My wife Jacque and I made a pledge to get involved, be good examples to our three children, and contribute to our community. One great thing about this land between two rivers is these are common values and we were lovingly accepted by those already here. Whether that was resurrecting Arctic Valley Ski Area, starting and building a business, or being involved in my local government, I knew this was going to take hard work, perseverance, skill, and the help of others.

These many years later have seen much change. Fred Meyers, Wal-Mart, Eagle River High School, Alpenglow, new churches, traffic, taxes. Many things however have stayed the same. Our open spaces, Ravenwood, Garcia’s, Lee Jordan, to name a few. During this time my family and I have worked on our pledge and commitment of getting involved and contributing. A couple stints as community council president, planning commissioner, and Assembly representative have been the more visible examples. This great community has continued in its acceptance of these efforts and energies.

Probably now more than ever I see challenges to our community values and unique characteristics. Some may be great opportunities, but many of these challenges will take thoughtful engagement and effective solutions to overcome. The outcomes of these challenges and changes are uncertain. I do know for certain, these will take hard work, perseverance, skill, and the help of many others.

 

— Bill Starr

Chugiak-Eagle River Assembly candidate

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