My Dad was the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site Manager in Clear, Alaska, and my Father in Law worked as an orthopedic surgeon all over Alaska in the Air Force. Living in communities where the military was a major part of life, my husband and I grew up with both a deep appreciation for our armed services and an understanding of the unique challenges that service members often face. The military plays many vital roles in Alaska: in our defense, our safety, our economy, and our communities, and we have a duty as a State to ensure that members of the armed forces have access to all of the resources and opportunities that we can provide.
We need to ensure that Alaska's economy provides a vibrant job market for military personnell and their families. That means working energetically to create the best environment for job-creating businesses, and reshaping tax codes to encourage the oil and gas industries to increase production and hire more Alaskans. With decades of experience running a successful small business, working as an Operations Manager at a major medical clinic, and as District Manager for a Fortune-500 company, I have the determination and knowledge to push through meaningful economic reform in Alaska.
Many members of the armed forces have families and children, and ensuring that they have safe, stable, and productive communities to grow up in is a top priority. As Vice President of the South Fork Community Council, Co-Chair of the Eagle River Trails Sub-Committee, and as Chair of the Eagle River High Stadium Committe, I have demonstrated my commitment to bettering the Eagle River community. As a member of the JBER Young Life Committee Board, I've worked hard to help and guide the youth from our military communities. As your next State House representative, I will continue to fight to make Eagle River, and all of Alaska, a better place to live.
As a State, we must ensure that our military members, former military members, and veterans have access to the best health care available, including mental health care for those who would benefit from it. The Federal Government should not be dictating care in Alaska. With fifteen years of professional health care experinece behind me, I will be a strong advocate for individual choice in health care decisions.
Our servicemen and servicewomen work hard and deserve not only respect but also a firm commitment to building our economy, strenghtening our communities, and providing the best services possible.