District 7
Christopher Kurka (Republican)

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Lynn Gattis (Republican)

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Sullivan-Leonard, Colleen (Incumbent, Republican)
 
District 8
Alma Hartley (Democrat)
McCabe, Kevin (Republican)

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Mark Neuman (Incumbent, Republican)
 
District 9
Lucas “LD” Howard (Republican)

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George Rauscher (Incumbent, Republican)
Bill Johnson (Democrat)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? The University of Alaska is a cornerstone to building and sustaining a diverse economy in the state. It provides a direct stimulus through wages and an indirect one through the innovation that it nurtures. The damage, both social and economic, inflicted by the current administration will take years to mitigate.
My wife, Shellie, and I, and our three kids all graduated from University of Alaska. I hope it is still around for my grandkids.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? I support fully funding the University of Alaska system so that it can provide educational and research opportunity to Alaskans of all ages.

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Facilities maintenance is necessary so that students, researchers, and faculty can work in a safe and well equipped environment. We have ignored this for far too long.

None of the above answers mean very much if we don't first resolve our financial situation. Alaska is broke. Our funds will run out in a year unless we do something. We have been cutting for years and its time to stop. We need to increase our revenue stream. This is a priority. The quickest, most direct way is to restore our historic tax revenue from oil companies and stop the tax breaks. I support the Fair Share Act (Ballot Measure #1).

 
District 10
David Eastman (Incumbent, Republican)
Monica Stein-Olson (Democrat)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? The University of Alaska Anchorage is a vital economic driver for our state.  In addition to creating jobs at every rung of the ladder, UAA keeps skilled workers in Alaska, contributes to commerce, and produces a return on research investment.  Providing families with a viable path to self-sufficiency and success impacts the greater community in many ways, such as improving population health and reducing crime.  Additionally, UAA researchers from a variety of disciplines are working together to study coronavirus and its broader impacts.  The University of Alaska is part of the solution to carry the next generation out of Covid-19 double-digit unemployment and into an era of job creation and economic growth for Alaska.  Unfortunately, years of budget cuts have devastated the entire UA system and the university’s ability to carry out this mission relies heavily on decisions made by the incoming legislature.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget?  With the trifecta of low oil prices and production, Coronavirus impacts, and recent austerity measures, I will focus on addressing Alaska’s revenue shortfalls to build our university system up as opposed to supporting cuts.  This will require votes to override the Governor’s vetoes – and I will be a “yes” vote to funding post-secondary education. Alaska has the resources to hold our communities together and ensure that families’ futures are not destroyed. We need to elect leaders who will work for all Alaskans. 

 

Like many Alaskans, I have been directly affected by the UAA budget cuts. I am in my third year of the University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Sadly, this successful program has been cut. I will endeavor to find funds to increase the budget for the University of Alaska Anchorage, a symbol of our next generation’s future.

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? As a veteran of the Foreign Service, I understand that the University of Alaska is at the forefront of the United States’ national security defense.  Deferred maintenance is a long-standing problem facing Alaska’s legislature.  Allowing our state’s assets to deteriorate is a misuse of public funds that inevitably incurs costs.  Due to the maintenance backlog, [it] is likely that UAA will need to continue prioritizing its capital needs and I will rely on the expertise of the university without further cuts.

Jesse Sumner (Republican)

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District 11
Alex Fetta (Republican)

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Andrea Hackbarth (Democrat)

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DeLena Johnson (Incumbent, Republican)
 
District 12
Danny Gray (Nonpartisan)

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Cathy Tilton (Incumbent, Republican)
 
District 13
James Canitz Sr (Democrat)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? For our state to have a healthy future and economy, I feel we need a strong, instate educational system that begins with preschools and Head Start programs and continues a lifetime. UA is a vital part of the continuing and higher educational component of the complete educational system. We need homegrown graduates of our state universities to remain in our state. We need a dynamic university system to generate local expertise.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? I will support increases in the UA budget . 

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Infrastructure and facilities maintenance are necessary for the health of our educational system. I will support all efforts to provide for funding for facilities maintenance at UAA and all UA facilities.

Sharon Jackson (Incumbent, Republican)
Ken McCarty (Republican)

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District 14
Bruce Batten (Democrat)

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Kelly Merrick (Incumbent, Republican)
 
District 15
Lyn Franks (Democrat)

What critical roles do you see UAA playing in the state in the next two years? The pandemic will seem like child’s play once we turn our attention back to the catastrophic repercussions of a rapidly changing climate. The fact that the climate research program at UAF has been defunded is unconscionable. UAF has been providing cutting edge research which has been used by experts worldwide. If elected, I will make refunding this program a priority.

 

More immediately, healthcare programs that are critical to our state must be bolstered as COVID-19 continues to ravish our state.

 

Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor.   How will you support increases in the UA budget? We have to forward-fund education by making funding a priority. If Yes on Prop 1 passes, that will ease a lot of the monetary restrictions placed on the University at this time. If that occurs, we need to refund climate research at UAF and bolster the healthcare department—especially with the virus. The university has a direct pipeline into state health facilities that provide much-needed assistance in fighting this infectious disease. Additionally, funding cuts to the College of Arts and Science make no sense as they are foundational to a college education. Driving our students out-of-state does nothing toward stabilizing our economy.

 

UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs.   What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Capital funding has to be a priority. The buildings throughout the University system need repair and the technology needs upgrading. I know this first-hand from my time in classrooms. With so many classes online, it would be the perfect time to make the necessary repairs without too much disruption, assuming we can get the funding passed in the budget.

Gabrielle LeDoux (Incumbent, Republican)
Patrick McCormack (Democrat)
David Nelson (Republican)
Rick Phillips (Democrat)

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District 16
Paul Bauer (Republican)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? The COVID-19 pandemic has awakening Alaska to look inside ourselves. I believe with a major transformation of thinking; Alaska can again work toward to being more self-reliant on our basic needs and economy. Provide the tools and trade opportunities for students to grab the concept of developing essential needs and services for Alaska to become self-sustaining.


UAA can take the lead in shifting away from trying to compete with other States and focus on Internal specialties for Alaska to be self-supportable. Concentrations such as Resource development and management, Fisheries, Farming, Healthcare, Transportation, Supply and Logistics, Earth sciences, and Space Science.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? After careful examination of the earlier budget cuts and its effectiveness, prioritize the future needs of the State. 

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Maintenance is always important to preserve our institutional investments. Continue to fund classroom technical innovations for the Faculty to present their content.

Ivy Spohnholz (Incumbent, Democrat)
David Walker (Republican)

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District 17
Andrew Josephson (Incumbent, Democrat)
 
District 18
Harriet Drummond (Incumbent, Democrat)
 
District 19
Geran Tarr (Incumbent, Democrat)
 
District 20
William “Zack” Fields (Incumbent, Democrat)
 
District 21
Matt Claman (Incumbent, Democrat)
Lynnette Largent (Republican)

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District 22
Dustin Darden (Alaskan Independence)

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David Nees (Alaskan Independence)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? Job Training, license degree programs, and Arctic and Fisheries research.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? The Governor was correct, the current 3 college system is unsustainable. 

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? U of A system needs to request the Legislature or Governor to place maintenance bonds on the General Election ballot.

Sara Rasmussen (Incumbent, Republican)
 
 
District 23
Connie Dougherty (Republican)
Kathy Henslee (Republican)
Timothy Huit (Alaskan Independence)
Chris Tuck (Incumbent, Democrat)

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District 24
Chuck Kopp (Incumbent, Republican)
Sue Levi (Democrat)
Tom McKay (Republican)

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Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? First, let me say, that UAA has been playing an important role in educating Alaskans and out of state residents for a number of years now.  As a proud 1973 graduate of UAF, I feel I received a stellar education at the institution.  Unfortunately, after SB21 passed our funding for our university system has faced budget cuts, which only weakens the quality of education, research, the ability to obtain grants and employment opportunities of residents seeking to be employed within the university system.  We must invest our financial resources as a state in our higher education system.  The Anchorage campus in particular, is located in Alaska's largest city and the surrounding area, has drawn a great number of students to seek degrees in-state, rather than leave the state to attend college.  I am a strong proponent of financially supporting education Pre-k through higher education in Alaska.  Hopefully, after this election, the membership of the Legislature will be composed of members who value education, especially our University of Alaska system and especially those members elected from the Anchorage and valley areas, and will be determined to fund UAA as appropriately as possible.  As with any institution, the leadership and the ability to implement a plan is critically important.  I would suggest forums in Anchorage and around the state to encourage participation in formulating a plan in rebuilding the University of Alaska system, especially UAA, into a thriving and well-funded university. These forums would be aimed at encouraging participation by potential students, enrolled students and, business leaders who would prefer to hire local graduates.  Moreover, additional revenues into the state coffers will greatly enhance the funding flowing into education and the university.  I am a supporter of Prop 1 in the General Election.  I believe the State of Alaska will (hopefully) receive our fair share of oil tax revenues and provide the necessary financial support to rebuild, improve and provide the University of Alaska (especially UAA) with excellent programs for residents and out-of-state residents alike. Grants and scientific research exchanges would also be enhanced as well.  If elected, I will be a strong supporter of "funding for success" for the future of UAA..

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? As I related above, I am a strong supporter of directing as much as possible, funding as recommended by UAA.  Again, I believe if Prop 1 passes, we will finally have, after several lean years, a treasury to support the necessary requests of our primary educational institution.  The present situation cannot continue. As a state, we have always placed a high value in education in our Alaska State Constitution and former Legislatures. Relating to the question of increases in the UAA budget, I would of course thoroughly review the budget requests and take in consideration student enrollment and other factors.  I believe UAA has a lot of "catching up" to do so,  remedial funding should be considered in the budget request.  I can tell you, that I will strive to get UAA back on track fiscally and be a voice to appropriate as much funding that will allow us to do so. 

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Buildings and infrastructure are in need of regular maintenance and repair.  Roads, bridges and, state-funded buildings require constant up-keep.  Deferred maintenance on classrooms and other facilities requires adequate funding to maintain the value and safe and comfortable environment for learning.  We have invested millions of dollars to construct these facilities and we need to keep them compliant with code and regulations and provide an accessible environment compatible to the areas of housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs.  I would support these needs in the capital budget.

 
District 25
Mel Gillis (Incumbent, Republican)
Janice Lynn Park (Democrat)
Benjamin Rodriguez (Republican)

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Calvin Schrage (Nonpartisan)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? As a lifelong Alaskan, graduate of UAA (BBA in Accounting), and as a businessman, I understand the critical role that UAA plays in our community and in our economy. Whether it’s providing workforce training, remediating students for higher education, or supporting our state through research, we depend on UAA to provide our families and future workforce with the means to advance themselves. To that end, I believe it critical that UAA receives the support needed to continue its mission of serving the higher education needs of our state, our communities and our diverse peoples. Without UAA, I fear that our youth will have no option but to leave our state, accelerating the already problematic brain-drain phenomenon we’re experiencing now.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? I believe that the UA system has been cut too far. I would be an advocate for UA funding, protecting current levels and a restoration of funds vetoed by the governor. Beyond this, I am a strong supporter of the Alaska Performance Scholarship which supports both our students and our university system – providing an incentive for students to do well in high school, reducing the cost of in-state tuition, and combating the outmigration of our youth. As such, I would stand against any further efforts to weaken or eliminate the Alaska Performance Scholarship. 

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? The ongoing neglect of our state's assets is a serious issue which must be addressed. This is true whether it’s our roads and bridges or our UA facilities. With $1.2 billion in deferred maintenance, it is critical we invest in our future and address this significant issue. Doing so will reduce long term costs, improve morale, and stimulate our economy.

District 26
Laddie Shaw (Incumbent, Republican)
 
 
District 27
Liz Snyder (Democrat)

Q1. What role do you see the University of Alaska in general and UAA in particular playing in the state in the next two years? We all know that our University has long played several critical roles in our state, including workforce development across disciplines, conducting research to inform policy and decision-making, community development, and economic stimulation. I want to see UAA expand in those roles, and grow in the eyes of the public as an invaluable part of our state's fabric. UAA is critical to the training and education of Alaska's workforce, and should continue to grow as a key player in ensuring our state has the homegrown expertise to meet the needs of today, and to blaze a path forward to the opportunities of tomorrow.  Alaska's economy has taken a tremendous hit. The combination of falling oil prices and the impact of the pandemic on nearly every aspect of our economy means that Alaska needs to be nimble, and a robust University will play a critical part in this economic transformation. Additionally, I'd also like to see UAA further elevated as a source of expertise important for improving governance and the lives of Alaskans. We've seen teams of UAA faculty and staff provide research and guidance to Municipal and State leadership (e.g., my work with a faculty taskforce advising the Anchorage Municipality on pandemic response; climate action planning; economic analysis), ensuring that decisions are evidence-based and consider the full diversity of our Alaskan communities -- but we need more of this, and I'd like to see UAA grow as a consistent go-to for expertise across disciplines. Finally, I turn to groups like the UAA Faculty and Staff Association for insights and guidance on what UAA faculty and staff envision for the University and its role in the state.

Q2. Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor. How will you support increases in the UA budget? I do not support the budget cuts we saw last year, and I do not support the approach taken to achieve those budget cuts. I am committed to ensuring UA receives the full funding it needs and deserves. As a member of the UAA faculty and as a scientist who relies on data to drive decisions, I will provide both powerful insights into the importance of our university system, and I will advocate for data-driven budget decisions rather than knee-jerk cuts guided by outside interests. 

Q3. UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs. What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Deferring maintenance on existing facilities creates increased costs down the road. We need to maintain our investments and ensure they support the needs of the state and local community, our educational/athletic programs, our employees, and our students.

Lance Pruitt (Incumbent, Republican)
 
District 28
Jennifer Johnston (Incumbent, Republican)
James Kaufman (Republican)

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Suzanne LaFrance (Democrat)

What critical roles do you see UAA playing in the state in the next two years? The University of Alaska is an important part of our state’s educational system, and a powerful economic engine. By making it easier for Alaskans to get a quality university education, we give our industries a pipeline of qualified workers. We also give our children a reason to stay in Alaska, to find work here, and help make our state a better place to live. 

 

I believe that supporting our university system is one of the best investments we can make, and I will work to protect it.

 

Last year, the Alaskan legislature was supportive of the universities by reducing the budget cuts proposed by the Governor.   How will you support increases in the UA budget? Defending the Permanent Fund from being exhausted by short sighted cash payouts would be my first step in ensuring that the state continues to meet its staffing and maintenance obligations. Any cuts after that step is completed should be done in consultation with local leaders to ensure that cuts are made with the least harm to services possible. At that point, we will be in a position to evaluate which revenue options are most appropriate. 

 

UAA has a growing need to properly maintain its facilities for housing and classrooms, and for its research, engineering, health, technical, and sports programs.   What is your position on capital funding for facilities maintenance at UAA? Assets need to be maintained, or you end up in a situation in which you pay more down the road. Without being familiar with the specifics of the UAA financial situation, I would rely on my general experience in capital budget management to guide my decision making.