I drove up the ALCAN Highway in 1965 to embark on an adventure to Alaska. My first job was for the Bureau of Indian Affairs repairing earthquake damaged buildings in Old Harbor on Kodiak Island. I began working as a roughneck in 1968 on the platforms in Cook Inlet, transferring to North Slope oilfields when exploration and drilling took off. Two major events occurred for me in 1970. I married my wife Anne as well as obtained my Professional Hunting Guide License. I am happy to report that both are still going strong! I was a proud member of Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 867 for many years where I worked as a business agent. For some district trivia, my crew helped with the construction of Robert Service High School for the poured concrete and exterior fascia phases.
I have lived with my wife in District 25 since buying our house over 30 years ago. We bought the house from the original homesteader on what is now Evans Circle. Anne, my wonderful spouse of all these years, was a nurse for 45 years at Geneva Woods Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic, before retiring. Our son Andrew graduated from Service High School in 1995. He then went to Pharmacy School at Creighton. If you were a member of Sam’s Club and frequented the pharmacy, he was there to take care of your medicinal needs. After Sam’s Club shut down, Andrew went to work for the VA in Nevada.
As a professional hunting guide in Alaska, volunteerism and community service are important to me. I have partnered with “Wish Upon A North Star” (WUNS) to grant the wishes of these very special children to participate in remote fishing and moose hunting trips. I also belong to a number of associations and groups that support what I have chosen as my career. These include:
- Alaska Professional Hunters Association
- Alaska Outdoor Council
- Safari Club International
- 45 year member of the National Rifle Association
Governor Mike Dunleavy appointed me to a vacancy in House District 25 last year. I was honored to be confirmed by House Republicans. I look forward to this campaign and earning the right to continue serving the people of District 25.