Alaskans deserve better and we can do better.
Leadership for Alaska
Alaska has suffered from a leadership “deficit” the last several years. Governor Walker is not ideologically aligned with Alaskans on the major issues facing our state. Our party’s mission has been smaller government, cutting spending and opposing taxes. Governor Walker has never tried to reform the way government works. He has rejected our efforts to cut spending and has proposed major broad-based taxes on Alaskans. Kevin believes it is imperative we elect a Republican Governor and Lt. Governor Team to provide conservative leadership for Alaska.
Alaska’s economy has been severely weakened by the slump in global oil prices. Jobs are being lost across Alaska and unemployment has risen to new highs. Kevin believes state government must not take steps that will further weaken the economy and has fought efforts to impose new broad-based state taxes.
He believes in fostering innovation, increasing competition and promoting free market principles in order to grow our economy. The spirit that existed in Alaska at statehood – the spirit to build, to grow, to create a strong economy – is the same spirit we need now to move our state forward.
The lack of a comprehensive solution to our fiscal issues is simply a function of the tough issues we face. The reality is there has been no “gridlock” in the State Senate where Kevin serves. The Senate produced and passed a fiscal plan based on budget reductions, spending limits that limit the growth of government for the long term, and ensuring Alaskans receive a Permanent Fund Dividend. Kevin and his fellow Republican Senate colleagues held to conservative principles and stood firm against the Governor and the Democrats who fought to impose new taxes on Alaskans and failed to cut the budget. He thinks electing a new Republican Governor and Lt. Governor is vital to enforcing fiscal discipline in the executive branch.
An important role of Alaska’s Lt. Governor is oversight of the state Division of Elections. As Lt. Governor, Kevin is committed to ensuring we have open and fair elections so that all Alaskans across the state can exercise their right to vote. Kevin will put a priority on ensuring the integrity of the voting process, so Alaskans can have full confidence in the outcome of elections. In addition, Kevin recognizes technological innovation is driving inevitable change in how we cast our ballots and will ensure the state moves in a prudent and thoughtful manner to implement changes while safeguarding the sanctity of the ballot.