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Juneau Votes Debate

On October 13th, Justin Parish and Representative Muñoz participated in a debate covering many of the topics important to Alaskans. We have broken out Justin’s responses for you to easily learn about the issues most important to you.

MEET JUSTIN PARISH

Justin Parish is a lifelong resident of our town, Juneau. He studied at UAF and UAS, earning a degree from each institution.  While at UAS he wrote for the newspaper and advocated for the University as part of the Student Government. He works with special needs students at the Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Today Justin is running as a Democrat for Alaska State House District 34, which is in the valley region of Juneau.

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Justin Parish for State House shared Representative Justin Parish's event.

I have to put this page on hiatus pretty soon here... the rules for ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES are pretty strict. To hear the latest, please follow my other page. Juneau is also having a community reception!
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Alyssa CooganReally wish I could attend! I have a lot to share in the way of our educational system having taken classes from UAS, UAF and UAA!

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I went down to the DOT yesterday, here is some of what I learned.

The current Department of Transportation plan for the Fred Meyer Intersection is to hire a consultant to draw up some options which would then be presented for public comment in 2017.

I'm glad the DOT is working on it. The money for the planning is all federal, as will be the vast majority for any construction. I am troubled that the design isn't in house or even necessarily in state. I am going to look into that more after the holidays.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!
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Kris Hills CoffeeThe design should be in house and in state. Thanks for working on this!

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Bob SylvesterSounds like the Governors Budget is going in the opposite direction?

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Tonya EssaryIf it went out to bid the State I believe is obligated to hire an Alaska firm if they placed a bid for the job but it depends how it was written up and how it was weighed. Just find a procurement officer you can trust that has worked for the State doing procurement for a longtime and they can sight Statues, Policy and Procedures.

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Dennis HarrisThere are several reasons it's not being done in house. Design engineering staff have been greatly reduced over the past 20 years because state pay levels are well below what private firms are paying, and most of the engineers that used to design highway projects have retired. The reduction in State pay and benefit packages have made it hard to replace staff in fields like engineering and IT. If you want to recruit and retain good public servants you have to pay them well and stop attacking them for doing their jobs.

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Leah Van HornNothing short of an overpass would fix this problem Justin V. Parish the state WASTED lots of money on this intersection a few years ago and it did NOTHING to improve the saftey for making left hand turns.

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Joni GillThank you for being you. Merry Christmas, Justin!

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The Governor has decided not to go forward with the Juneau Road. I've got mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, the project had some significant drawbacks. On the other, it was going to provide hundreds of jobs for people in our town.

We need to look hard for other projects and there are some good prospects.
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Christopher BehnkeSignificant drawbacks--- LOTS of them, mainly that the road does not connect to the road system, but requires: yet another ferry. I think a road proposal would be much more salient on the west side of Lynn canal, since a ferry is necessary anyway... But why build a dead end road, if it doesn't provide free access to the east side mine?

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Conrad MullerThe jobs would have gone to people already working for the company which won the bid. No Alaska company, certainly no Juneau company is big enough to bid on a project of this size. There would probably not be many jobs for locals.

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Sadie McKenryI would support the Fred Meyer intersection project.

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Tooḵ Raymond GregoryThat's not good, Juneauites have been wanting this road for a very long time. I'm very disappointed. The Juneau access road will benefit this part of Alaska for centuries to come. If the road wasn't connected it could potentially be down the way. Very sad that Alaska's politicians are inhibiting the growth of beautiful southeast.

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Brad DavisRoads don't sink!

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Tyee Dasan Delsin DunlapResource Based Economy!!!

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Tyee Dasan Delsin DunlapThere's your project, Juneau and the rest of humanity. You're welcome.

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Justin Parish for State House updated their status.

We did it! The Board of Regents voted unanimously to base the School of Education out of UAS!

The meeting Monday was truly remarkable. Some of the greatest leaders in the state gave testimony supporting our school. Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Bruce Botelho, Ken Koelsch, Jesse Keihl, John Pugh, Rick Caulfield, Marshall Lind, Roy Watt, Dennis Egan and I were among those who spoke. Dozens more, including Representative Muñoz, were there in support. Our community united behind our remarkably successful and effective School of Education and today we saw the results!

I am glad that I could add my voice to yours and to theirs. I hope that the teacher and administrator programs around the state will become as successful as Juneau's has been and that we will grow ever stronger!
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Scött MaxwellThis was unexpected. Bravo!

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Conrad MullerThanks to you and everyone else who spoke up for a unique and valuable program.

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Chris PelosoWhen are you going to get UAS a law school?

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Beth ChapmanWay to go juneau!

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Jacqueline FowlerGreat news!

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The university president and the Board of Regents are planning to move the UAS School of Education to Fairbanks, despite the fact that our school produces more education graduates at a lower cost. We also produce more Native Alaskan teachers than UAF or UAA. I had a long conversation with President Johnsen. His determination to move the school to Fairbanks stems from one book, Surpassing Shanghai. It observes that some high performing educational systems also have their teachers graduating from research universities.

Please write to the Board of Regents and register your opinion on the proposed move. They had also planned on eliminating sports programs at UAA and UAF, after stakeholders there complained the Board changed their minds. Juneau has led the state in teacher education and innovation. This school also accounts for 1/4 of UAS graduates. They will take up the proposal to move the School in their next budget meeting Wednesday the 14th.

Please speak up for our school by writing to the Board of Regents ua-bor@alaska.edu
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Trish Turner CustardEmail sent!

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Conrad MullerI'm guessing they just want to move funding from Southeast to the flagship campuses. Nobody in the railbelt would care if UAS was closed and the funding moved to Fairbanks. We have always been an afterthought.

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Harmony Lanen RollI adore UAF School of Ed with all of my heart, but UAS needs to keep its Ed. program for so many reasons. 1 major one being Juneau is 730 miles away from Fairbanks and serves an entirely different geographical area. In other areas of the country they would be several states away from each other at that distance.

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Karleen GrummettDone!

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