Chris On The Issues
My record on crime is strong, and that is why I have received the endorsement of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association every year I have been in office. Here is what I’ve done as a leader:
- Added five new prosecutors;
- Increased funding for State Troopers by $12 million;
- Enhanced 9-1-1 Service;
- Eliminated Mandatory Release for pre-trial sentencing;
- Increased sentencing and monitoring of sex offenders;
- Improved law enforcement handling of sexual assault crimes;
- Addressed the backlog of untested rape kids and requiring annual audits;
- Mandatory five year sentencing for vehicle thefts; and
- Increased funding for Substance Use Disorder Treatment by $12 million
We passed legislation that addressed immediate public safety concerns and increased funding for troopers and the court system, and I am proud we pushed for advancements in victims’ rights and forward funded education. Even still, there is work left to do to ensure safety for all Alaskans and I am committed to that fight.
Alaska should be a place where education is the highest quality and jobs are rewarding. Our littlest Alaskans are worth our time and money. Every $1 we spend on pre-school programs saves the state of Alaska over $7 later in social or criminal expenditures. Pre-K education results in more kids graduating high school and a better chance they’ll go to college.
With your support, I will continue:
- Boosting learning for our youngest Alaskans;
- Providing our future workforce with needed skills and career readiness;
- Creating affordable tuition and college scholarships;
- Strengthening training opportunities for Alaskans affected by the economic downturn;
- Investing in the University of Alaska to research and create new industries;
- Responsibly budgeting to fund education; and
- Stabilizing schools and minimizing property taxes.
Alaska needs more jobs and better wages. I have worked tirelessly for our neighborhood and the rest of the state. I fight every day for:
- A stronger Alaskan economy and jobs that support our families;
- An education system which prepares our future generations for success; and
- Reliable and affordable energy for homeowners and businesses.
I have worked in the private sector for over 20 years. I serve as a board member of the Alaska Process Industries Careers Consortium and the Alaska Electrical Apprenticeship Program. It’s a privilege to train Alaskans for high paying jobs in the oil, gas, mining, and construction industries. I also served as co-chair for Putting Alaska’s Resources to Work. Rewarding jobs make Alaskan families strong. Here is what I have done and will continue to do:
- Stabilizing energy supplies, promoting new gas and oil developments, and continuing to create hundreds of jobs;
- Protecting the Permanent Fund Dividend;
- Giving Alaskans a vote to constitutionalize the Dividend for our future children;
- Encouraging Alaska hire for existing industries;
- Building Alaska through investment in infrastructure and resource development; and
- Directing state funds toward supporting local businesses and creating real jobs on the ground for real people.