Campaign Press Releases
ANCHORAGE, Nov. 1, 2018 — Mike Dunleavy emerged as the clear winner against Mark Begich in tonight’s debate, the last in the race for governor of Alaska ahead of Tuesday’s election.
Throughout the debate, Begich struggled to defend his support for Ballot Measure 1, a job-killing initiative opposed by Alaska’s labor unions, industry leaders and small businesses.
“When asked about his support for Ballot Measure 1, Begich prefers to change the subject,” said Dunleavy.
On the PFD, Dunleavy cornered Begich for his lack of a record on the issue. Begich’s evolving scheme to permanently cut the PFD – resulting in more money for government and less for individual Alaskans – is a cornerstone of his campaign.
“No one will defend the PFD more than me,” said Dunleavy. “I stood up for the PFD when Begich was in Washington D.C. making millions for his clients. He was nowhere to be found.”
In his final pitch to voters, Dunleavy drew a stark contrast with his opponent: “On the PFD, on taxes, and on resource development, my opponent is on the wrong side of Alaskans. If you want full PFDs, jobs and a strong economy, I humbly ask for your vote on November 6.”
• Promises to cap PFDs and push a risky scheme that jeopardizes dividends in the future;
• Supports new taxes on Alaskans and he’s not picky about which type of tax;
• Will not cut the budget; and
• Supports job-killing Ballot Measure 1
• Supports protecting full PFDs in the Constitution and paying back money owed;
• Opposes taxing Alaskans;
• Will reduce the budget; and
• Opposes job-killing Ballot Measure 1.
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ANCHORAGE, Oct. 26, 2018 — A clear contrast was drawn last night during the first televised debate between the two leading candidates for Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy and Mark Begich. Brett Huber, campaign manager to Mike Dunleavy, today released the following statement in response.
“Elections are about choices. And, last night, voters were presented with a clear choice: On one side was Mark Begich, a career politician who promises to permanently cut the PFD, grow government, impose a ‘blend’ of new taxes and kill resource development in Alaska. On the other side stood Mike Dunleavy, a former public school teacher who will protect the full PFD in the Alaska Constitution, limit government, stop new taxes and unleash Alaska’s resource potential.
“Mark Begich is the slickest politician in Alaska, and yet even he failed last night to sell his scheme to permanently cut the PFD. Alaskans know that a ‘sustainable’ PFD is code for slashing the dividend to grow government. Mike Dunleavy is the only candidate with a proven record of supporting the traditional PFD. When Mike talks about protecting the PFD in the constitution, he’s referring to the traditional PFD, not the small dividend Begich is trying to sell.
“Mike Dunleavy trusts the people of Alaska and believes that no change to the structure of the Permanent Fund Dividend program should be made without a vote of the people – now or at any time in the future. And he’s the only candidate who supports paying back to Alaskans the dividends that are owed to them but not paid.”
- Promises to cap PFDs and push a risky scheme that jeopardizes it in the future;
- Wants to tax Alaskans and he’s not picky about which type of tax;
- Has said repeatedly he will not cut the budget; and
- Would hand over our state to radical environmentalists who want to shut down Alaska.
- Supports protecting full PFDs in the Constitution and paying back money owed;
- Opposes taxing Alaskans;
- Will reduce the budget;
- Will fight radical environmental groups who want to turn our state into a national park; and
- Believes government should serve the people.
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ANCHORAGE, Oct. 22, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today received a key joint endorsement from Congressman Don Young and U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan.
“Mike Dunleavy will work closely with us to follow up on the policies we’ve achieved in Washington that benefit Alaska: opening ANWR; cutting taxes on Alaskan families, workers, and businesses; slashing job-killing regulations; repealing Obamacare’s unfair individual mandate; rebuilding our military; and getting Alaskans into top government positions in the Trump Administration,” said Young and Sullivan in a joint statement. “These victories have helped make Alaska’s economy poised for a comeback.”
“Mike Dunleavy fully supports these successful policies and will work alongside us to achieve more of them,” Young and Sullivan continued. “He will meet Alaska’s current challenges head-on. That is why we stand together in support of Mike Dunleavy as Alaska’s next Governor. We look forward to working with him to build a brighter future for Alaska.”
“I am thrilled to earn the endorsement of Congressman Young and Senator Sullivan, two Alaskans who spend each and every day in the trenches fighting for our state,” said Dunleavy. “With the stars now aligned on the federal level, the missing link has been the state’s chief executive. Congressman Young and Senator Sullivan understand Alaska can’t afford four more years of failed leadership and failed policies from the governor’s office. As governor, I intend to work with our federal delegation to help Alaska achieve its true potential.”
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 19, 2018 — Brett Huber, campaign manager for Alaskans for Dunleavy, made the following statement regarding Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he is suspending his re-election campaign.
“Governor Walker could have chosen a dignified, graceful exit to his campaign. Instead, he opted to bow out with a bitter, partisan attack on Mike Dunleavy. It’s too bad—Alaskans deserve better.
“While many special interest power brokers have labored feverishly in the last few days to manipulate this election, our campaign has operated transparently, in full view of the public, from day one. Mike Dunleavy has traveled the state, listening to voters at town halls, debates, and forums. The message from voters is clear: they’re upset about slashed PFDs, skyrocketing crime, explosive government growth, record unemployment, and dismal educational outcomes. Mike Dunleavy has the vision and leadership to tackle these challenges and place Alaska on a different trajectory.
“Mike entered the race for governor in 2017 and expected from the outset that he would be in a two-way race. Today’s developments leave Alaska voters with a clear choice. They can choose a career politician who welcomes new taxes, promises to cap the PFD, and wants to greatly expand the size of government. Or they can choose a leader who will reduce the size of government, pay full PFDs, and put criminals in jail where they belong. Bill Walker may have suspended his campaign, but his agenda remains on the Nov. 6 ballot. Mike Dunleavy believes it’s time to finally put an end to political gamesmanship and place our state on a course toward a more prosperous and optimistic future.” ###
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 16, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today released the following statement in response to the resignation of Lt. Governor Byron Mallott.
“As we, like all Alaskans, await details surrounding the resignation of the lieutenant governor, our campaign remains focused on restoring trust in state government.
“We need safe neighborhoods, a healthy economy and full Permanent Fund dividends. This campaign has always been about the people of Alaska, not politicians.”
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 9, 2018 — Roughly 2,000 individual Alaskans have contributed to Mike Dunleavy’s campaign for Alaska governor, helping the campaign raise more than $278,000 during the most recent reporting period.
“I am greatly humbled by the outpouring of support, and our team is energized in this final month before the election,” said Dunleavy. “It’s clear Alaskans want safe neighborhoods, better educational outcomes, a strong economy and full dividends.”
With more than $165,000 cash on hand, Alaskans for Dunleavy has more funds available than the other two candidates combined.
Brett Huber, campaign manager for Alaskans for Dunleavy, said that Dunleavy’s fundraising performance has exceeded that of the other candidates.
“Mike Dunleavy has more cash than the other two candidates combined,” Huber said. “Every day, the campaign is gaining momentum as a growing number of Alaskans believe it’s time for new leadership.”
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 8, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today received a highly significant endorsement from the Public Safety Employees Association (PSEA). The organization representing the men and women on the front line said they trust Dunleavy to put public safety first.
“It’s a great honor to have the support of the largest police union in the State of Alaska,” said Dunleavy.
PSEA represents state troopers and officers in the Department of Public Safety, the Airport police and Fire, as well as many municipal departments from Southeast Alaska to the interior and beyond.
“With Alaska suffering from an epidemic of criminal activity, it’s critical to make public safety priority number one on day one,” said Dunleavy. “In addition to other reforms, I look forward to working with public safety officers on addressing recruitment and retention problems. We must ensure our officers in harm’s way have the support they need to do their jobs effectively.”
PSEA Local 803 has represented Alaska law enforcement personnel in a variety of labor and employment matters at the State and municipal levels since 1978. PSEA is a leader in issues having a direct impact on Alaska public safety services.
PSEA membership includes: State Troopers; State Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers; Airport Police and Fire Officers at the Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports; Court Service Officers; Deputy Fire Marshals; Public Safety Employees of the City of Unalaska; Police Department Employees of Juneau, Sitka, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Soldotna and Dillingham.
To view the PSEA endorsement letter, click here.
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 6, 2018 — Today, gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“Judge Kavanaugh is a highly qualified public servant who has dedicated his life to faithfully applying the law as it is written, not as he wishes it to be. With his addition to our nation’s highest court, Alaska gains a powerful ally in the defense of our individual rights, including the right to think for ourselves, to keep and bear arms, and to pursue happiness without government interference.
“Judge Kavanaugh will also be crucial to decisions affecting Alaska’s ability to develop its natural resources. His adherence to the text of the Constitution means he understands the current imbalance between the state and federal government, and the importance of recognizing the federal government’s clear limited and enumerated powers.
“As for the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing by taking them seriously. They reviewed the evidence and arrived at a fair conclusion, holding firmly to the bedrock American principle of due process and the presumption of innocence.
“I have faith in Judge Kavanaugh’s strong record of impartiality and commitment to the law.”
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 4, 2018 — Today, gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy received the endorsement of former Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell. A successful businessman and Arctic policy expert, Treadwell finished second in the 2018 Republican primary election for governor.
“It’s great to receive the endorsement of a former competitor who understands the state is on the wrong track,” said Dunleavy. “I’m grateful for the support of Mead Treadwell, and also of businessman Scott Hawkins. Whatever differences existed among the Republican primary candidates, we all stand united in our commitment to change the leadership of this state, so that Alaska can realize its true potential.”
Treadwell’s endorsement was made this morning in Fairbanks, where he and Dunleavy were attending a meeting of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting the state’s oil, gas, and mining industries. Treadwell delivered an address to the group on Arctic policy, an area in which he’s highly regarded as an expert.
Dunleavy said he and Treadwell both appreciate the crucial role that resource development plays in solving Alaska’s most pressing problems. “Whether we’re talking about protecting the PFD, confronting our crime problem, or improving our educational outcomes, resource development holds the key for funding government and building a more prosperous economy so that we can successfully tackle these challenges.”
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 26, 2018 — This week, gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy received the coveted endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Dunleavy’s staunch record of defending the rights of Alaska’s law-abiding gun owners made him the only clear choice for members of the NRA in this year’s race for governor.
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by the nation’s foremost defender of our Second Amendment rights,” said Dunleavy. “As a lifelong member of the NRA, and as a father, I value the organization’s work in educating Alaskans on gun safety, training, and marksmanship.”
With the highest rate of gun ownership in the country, Alaska is home to thousands of law-abiding residents who use firearms for hunting, sport shooting, and defending their lives and property.
“As governor, Alaskans can be confident I will always support and defend the individual right to keep and bear arms – a right enshrined in our federal and state constitutions,” said Dunleavy.
Mike Dunleavy is the only candidate for governor of Alaska receiving the NRA’s endorsement.
To view the endorsement letter, click here.
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 25, 2018 — More than 100 Alaskans filled the Wilda Marston Theater in Anchorage tonight for a town hall meeting with gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy to talk about their experiences with crime, how it’s changing the culture, and what policymakers can do about it.
“Tonight’s town hall meeting was about hearing from real Alaskans about how their lives have been affected by crime,” said Dunleavy. “It’s clear the people are ready for a new approach. With input from every day Alaskans, police, and prosecutors, my goal is to make Alaska a safer state for everyone. If given the opportunity to serve, that’s going to be priority number one of my administration.”
Tonight’s town hall meeting was the second in a series Dunleavy is planning to host across the state dealing with issues of concern to Alaskans.
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 10, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy released the following statement in response to today’s announcement regarding the state’s letter of understanding with the Point Thomson working interest owners on the Alaska LNG Project.
“We all support monetizing our vast natural gas resources for the benefit of all Alaskans. But for Alaskans to benefit, the project must make economic sense, and today’s announcement doesn’t change that underlying fact. Without further information, and with too many unanswered questions, we don’t know if today’s news represents a positive step forward for the project. What we do know is that press releases don’t build pipelines.
“Our campaign remains committed to a project that maximizes the benefit to all Alaskans without jeopardizing our financial future, one driven by the private sector, not politics.”
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 7, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today released the following statement in response to Mark Begich’s support for the job-killing initiative, Ballot Measure 1, which is backed by out-of-state radical environmentalists.
“Ballot Measure 1 threatens responsible resource development in the State of Alaska, a state whose very existence is predicated on its ability to development its resources. But Ballot Measure 1 goes further than that: It jeopardizes infrastructure in communities across the state, including rural Alaska, affecting everything from runways and wastewater treatment to road construction.
“It’s clear that Begich stands against new jobs, wealth creation and revenue for Alaska, meaning his fiscal plan can only be sustained through more PFD cuts and taxes on everyday Alaskans and Alaska-owned businesses. This is not the leadership that Alaska needs, and Alaskans should be deeply concerned about his position.
“Our campaign is the only one dedicated to reducing government spending, promoting stable and predictable policies for investors to develop our resources and reignite our economy, and giving Alaskans the opportunity to work in good-paying, family supporting jobs.”
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 4, 2018 — The Alaskans for Dunleavy campaign today released the following statement on Democrat Mark Begich’s decision to stay in the race for governor.
“After months of closed door meetings with power brokers and special interests, the two candidates for big government – Bill Walker and Mark Begich – failed to pull off another scheme to disenfranchise Alaskan voters. Now the choice could not be more clear: Alaskans can vote either for the failed experiment of Walker/Mallott, career politician Mark Begich, or the bold new leadership of Mike Dunleavy, who has pledged to restore the PFD, take real steps to fight crime, and grow the economy. The Mike Dunleavy campaign is focused on addressing issues that matter most to Alaskans: record unemployment, out-of-control crime, a weak economy, and unsustainable government spending. Mike Dunleavy’s optimistic vision for Alaska has been, and will continue to be, the cornerstone of the campaign to send Mike to the governor’s office.”
ANCHORAGE, Aug. 15, 2018 — Nearly 1,200 individual Alaskans have contributed to Mike Dunleavy’s campaign for Governor, allowing the campaign to report more than $311,000 raised, and exceeding the performance of other candidates in the most recent reporting period.
“Momentum continues to build in our organization, and it’s being fueled by ordinary, working Alaskans who are making big sacrifices to bring about new leadership for our state,” said Dunleavy. “I’m humbled by the outpouring of support, and I feel great about the campaign’s progress in the last week before the primary election.”
The average-size donation to Alaskans for Dunleavy has been $206, and more than 95 percent of funds raised have come from individual Alaska donors, not corporate or union PACs.
Brett Huber, campaign manager for Alaskans for Dunleavy, said that Dunleavy’s fund-raising performance has been competitive with other candidates. “Mike Dunleavy is the only major candidate in this race who has not previously held statewide office. Yet in the latest financial reporting period, we exceeded the amount raised by Mead Treadwell, Mark Begich, and even Bill Walker. It’s very revealing that Walker, who has no primary campaign and enjoys the advantages of incumbency, is nonetheless lagging behind other candidates in the most recent reporting period.”
Dunleavy said the large number of individual donors reflects the enthusiasm for his campaign message at the grass roots. “People are eager for a governor who will get serious about combatting crime, controlling the size of government, and getting our state’s economy moving again. I’m looking forward to offering voters a real choice this November.”
ANCHORAGE, Aug. 15, 2018 — The Alaskans for Dunleavy campaign called on the Walker/Mallott administration to suspend campaigning and focus on fixing the problems associated with thousands of voters being erroneously moved into the wrong districts.
“It is outrageous to think that less than a week from now, thousands of Alaskans will show up at the correct voting precinct, only to be told that a bureaucratic error has caused them to be incorrectly listed as living somewhere else,” said Brett Huber, campaign manager for Alaskans for Dunleavy. “The timing and optics of this fiasco could not be worse, as it’s unfolding under the watch of a governor and lieutenant governor who aren’t even candidates in the August 21st primary election. Since they aren’t on the ballot, perhaps Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott could spare some time to ensure that the rest of Alaska actually experiences a fair election.”
The debacle of changed addresses came to light recently when voters began checking their registration information online and noticed errors. The Division of Elections claims this is a result of the Permanent Fund dividend automatic voter registration, a ballot initiative that passed in 2016, nearly two years ago.
The newly uncovered situation makes it entirely possible that thousands of voters will show up on Tuesday, August 21, to vote in the Primary Election, only to find themselves unable to vote for their chose legislative candidates, many of whom are running in hotly contested races. Even worse, the deadline for voters to register or update their registration for the Primary Election was on July 22.
“The lieutenant governor has only one real, important job: run fair elections in the State of Alaska,” said Huber. “With two years to get a plan together, it’s inexcusable for these problems to be coming to light just days before a major election. Unfortunately, shoddy election practices seem to be a hallmark of this administration. In 2016, we saw the results of a legislative election overturned because election workers gave out the wrong ballots to voters. This year, we saw the Division of Elections sending out erroneous information about the start date for early voting. Then there was the stunning lack of transparency about multiple hacking attacks on the computers of the Division of Elections. The credibility of those who administer our elections has been badly eroded.
Alaskans deserve a clean, fair election, and the current administration needs to stop campaigning and start governing.”
ANCHORAGE, July 19, 2018 – The FHWA Record of Decision for Juneau Access supported by Governor Bill Walker closes the $500 million shovel-ready project.
Juneau is the largest community and only capital city on the North American continent not connected to the continental highway system. The No Action alternative leaves Juneau without a sustainable transportation plan.
“Alaska continues to rank at the bottom of the states in economic performance. We need to get our state moving and we need leadership that will work to create jobs and economic prosperity. Juneau Access is a project which will employ hundreds of Alaskans in the construction phase, and provide lasting economic opportunity.”
Candidate Bill Walker ran on a platform of economic development often speaking of his support for infrastructure development. When asked about the project, he often replied that he likes to build things. “Like many of the unkept campaign promises, Juneau Access can be added to Bill Walker’s list of failures,” stated Dunleavy.
Mike Dunleavy is in favor of Juneau Access, and will work with the federal government to improve access to the capital city and put Alaskans to work.
ANCHORAGE, July 18, 2018 — With just over a month remaining before the August 21st primary election, former Governor Sean Parnell announced his endorsement of Mike Dunleavy for governor yesterday.
In Parnell’s endorsement, he said, “we need a governor who will once again look out for Alaskans’ interests, make us safer, create opportunity, and be a governor who will create a climate for more Alaska jobs. Mike Dunleavy will be that governor.”
“When Mike Dunleavy tells you something, you can believe it,” Parnell continued. “He doesn’t tell you one thing in a campaign and do another. Mike Dunleavy puts every Alaskan first. That’s why I’m voting for him,” Parnell said.
Dunleavy welcomed the former governor’s announcement. “I humbly accept Governor Parnell’s thoughtful endorsement,” he said. “Sean Parnell led our state for just under six years, and during that time he dealt with some of the most consequential issues we’ve faced in recent history. He tackled Alaska’s unfunded pension liability, an act that saved the state billions of dollars. Parnell also led the charge on oil tax reform, which stabilized and then increased oil production for the first time in decades and produced more per-barrel revenue when Alaska needed it most.”
The former governor’s support, Dunleavy noted, helps clarify the choices before voters. “Governor Parnell’s support at this early stage of the race means a lot to me and provides a clear contrast with the reckless economic policies of my opponents, which threaten to drive more jobs out of Alaska and hurt our working families.”
Scott Hawkins is a good man with a beautiful family. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent with him at campaign events over the past few months, learning more about his conservative principles and free-market solutions to Alaska’s challenges. While we were technically opponents, Scott unquestionably elevated the debate, laying out a positive vision for Alaska’s future− I found that Scott and I often agreed on more issues than we disagreed. While I understand his reasons for exiting the race, I welcome Scott’s continued involvement in Alaska politics, supporting candidates who share his firmly held belief that Alaska’s best days are ahead of us. Rose and I will keep Scott in our prayers, but we remain optimistic that his tenacity paired with a supportive, loving family will ensure a quick return to full health.
ANCHORAGE, May 16, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today named three statewide co-chairs for his campaign: Dick Randolph of Fairbanks, John Moller of Juneau, and Kristie Babcock of Kenai.
“I am honored that these distinguished Alaskans have stepped forward to offer their experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to help advance my campaign,” said Dunleavy. “I couldn’t ask for a better mix of experience in business, politics, and knowledge of Alaska’s diverse communities than Dick Randolph, John Moller, and Kristie Babcock. All three share my strong commitment to bring back economic prosperity for the people of Alaska, to protect the Permanent Fund, and to ensure our state government abides by Constitutional principles.”
Dick Randolph is a business owner and former state lawmaker from Fairbanks. In his diverse career he has worked as a school teacher, miner, and a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. Randolph ran as a Libertarian candidate for Governor in 1982, and as a Republican primary candidate for Governor in 1986. Dunleavy applauded Randolph’s public policy leadership: “Dick is known as the ‘Father of the Income Tax Repeal,’ since he spearheaded the successful effort to repeal the state income tax in 1979-80. He’s been a staunch defender of the Permanent Fund Dividend. Dick has seen this state through good times and bad, and I’m delighted to have his help.” Randolph is married and has 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
John Moller is a Juneau commercial fisherman and former Dutch Harbor crab boat skipper. Moller served nearly six years as Senior Rural Affairs Advisor under Governor Sean Parnell. He also served as the General Manager of a Community Development Quota group for more than a decade, working from Adak to Nome to Juneau to Washington, D.C. Moller is a partner with former Governor Sean Parnell in Navigate North Consultants, providing executive leadership and public policy advice for businesses, local governments and non-profits. He also owns his own consulting business, providing advice on matters related to Rural and Arctic Alaska. Moller is married with four children.
“My work has enabled me to travel to hundreds of Alaskans communities and meet dozens of community leaders around the state,” said Moller. “I believe Mike Dunleavy is the best choice to help meet the challenges of all Alaskans, including Bush infrastructure, energy, safe water, and local job creation. I am fully committed to help Mike Dunleavy become our next Governor.”
Kristie Babcock is a business owner and soccer mom from Kenai. Raised in Anchorage, she has also lived in Wasilla, Juneau, Ninilchik and Soldotna. Babcock served as Director of Boards and Commissions for Governor Frank Murkowski and also for Governor Walter Hickel, managing and advising on gubernatorial appointments to the state’s 150 boards and commissions, judicial appointments, and exempt state positions. She was the youngest member of Governor Hickel’s senior staff (1991-1994). Babcock served on the 2004 Conference of Alaskans, a group of 55 Alaskans convened to discuss the state’s budget challenges, where she stood out as an unwavering defender of the Permanent Fund Dividend.
Babcock has extensive political experience, including serving as Kenai Co-Chair for Frank Murkowski’s 2002 campaign for Governor, and managing Lyda Green’s 1994 campaign for Senate in Mat-Su. She is married with three birth children, two adopted children from China, and three stepchildren. “Mike Dunleavy’s commitment to keeping Alaskans safe, prosperous and free explains why I’m enthusiastically backing his campaign for Governor,” said Babcock.
Campaign Manager Brett Huber shared, “Our campaign has tremendous momentum, with grass roots support growing every day. We’re delighted to match that robust grass roots support with the high caliber of leadership that Randolph, Moller, and Babcock provide. These three standout Alaskans will represent Mike Dunleavy in a marvelous way.”
ANCHORAGE, May 3, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today made the following statement regarding candidate Scott Hawkins’ announcement that he is receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer:
“I ask all Alaskans to join me in praying for Scott’s full recovery from this health challenge. I am encouraged by the positive statements from the medical professionals in charge of his treatment.
“All Alaskans who have personally battled cancer, or helped loved ones in the same struggle, can feel deep empathy for Scott and his family. I wish Scott well as he undergoes the medical treatments that will, we all pray, completely beat back this cancer.”
ANCHORAGE, May 2, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today urged legislative leaders to “shelve” Governor Walker’s bill to restructure the Permanent Fund, SB 26, and oppose any changes to the Permanent Fund Dividend program without first taking the issue to a vote of the people.
“The Permanent Fund belongs to Alaskans, yet we have elected officials who are attempting to make the most profound changes in the entire history of the Permanent Fund without even asking Alaskans,” said Dunleavy. “Instead of trying to cram this proposal through in the waning days of a legislative session, they should shelve SB 26 and leave the Permanent Fund and the dividend program untouched.”
Dunleavy stated that the Permanent Fund program has worked well for nearly 40 years, but that recent actions by the Governor and some in the Legislature have undermined people’s trust in government. “There is a formula in state law for calculating dividends, and regrettably it’s been ignored – first by the Governor, and then the Legislature,” Dunleavy stated. “The full dividend needs to be paid to Alaskans, according to law, just like any other contractual obligation.”
The state’s current budget deficit was not created by the Permanent Fund dividend program, Dunleavy noted. “Our general fund budget is simply bloated, and this problem was not caused by the dividend program. Yet too many politicians prefer to take the ‘easy way out’ of slashing dividends rather than doing the tough work of actually shrinking the size of the bureaucracy. The Permanent Fund Dividend program is actually one component of state government that has worked well over the years. It pays for itself. We should leave it alone. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.”
Dunleavy pledged that he will protect the Permanent Fund and the PFD as Governor. “I fought hard to protect the Permanent Fund and the PFD in the State Senate, and this same strong commitment will guide me as Governor,” said Dunleavy. “This is an issue that transcends party politics. I don’t care if someone is a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, I think they’re wrong to pass bills that slash Alaskans’ dividend checks without first taking it to a vote of the people.”
ANCHORAGE, March 14, 2018 — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today denounced the decision of the Walker Administration’s Department of Fish and Game to impose radical restrictions on the king salmon season for the Susitna River system and Upper Cook Inlet.
“This unwarranted decision will deal a terrible blow to many Mat-Su businesses that depend on a thriving sport fishing economy, as well as thousands of Mat-Su residents who cherish this annual recreational tradition,” Dunleavy said.
Dunleavy observed that the decision to restrict king salmon fishing was based on a pre-season outlook, and not a biologically reliable forecast. Further, that in circumstances like this, sport fishing seasons can begin with restrictive measures in place until the mark recapture studies and weirs on key streams in Northern Cook Inlet, run by ADFG, presents enough data to allow informed decision on management.
“However one thinks a wisely-managed Department of Fish and Game should behave, this just isn’t it,” commented Dunleavy. “The folks who know the most about the fisheries resources in the Mat-Su recommended some modest, prudent steps to ensure that we preserve our salmon resource, including a reduced annual catch limit. But instead of implementing these sensible conservation measures, the Department opted for the ‘nuclear option’ without regard to the impact of the local economy or opportunity to Valley anglers. That decision is indefensible based on the data we have. It’s a shoddy way to be managing our fisheries.”
ANCHORAGE, March 13, 2018 – Mike Dunleavy, candidate for Governor, today made the following statement regarding this week’s legislative hearings on House Joint Resolution 23, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the structure of the Permanent Fund and the annual dividend received by Alaskans.
“While HJR23 could go to the people for a vote, it shouldn’t. This measure fails to protect the fund, does nothing to limit future spending and puts the dividend in peril. Alaskan voters deserve the option of preserving the method for managing the Permanent Fund and calculating the annual PFD that has been in place in our statutes for decades. The Permanent Fund and PFD have worked well since these programs were created. If the current method is not broken, why fix it?” Dunleavy asked.
Dunleavy continued, “It’s a shame that one of the few things that government got right is now under attack. Governor Walker’s action in 2016 to cut the PFD in half was a loss for the people and a big win for a government that spends too much of our money.”
Dunleavy’s approach is to protect the Permanent Fund and the annual PFD by taking the statutory framework that has successfully managed the fund for decades and placing it within the constitution, thereby ensuring the people of Alaska have a voice in its future.
He added, “The people of Alaska have been completely ignored and sidetracked in this process and they are understandably upset. Our fiscal problems are not the result of the Permanent Fund or the PFD. There is nothing wrong with the fund or PFD. The problem is that Governor Walker, and some in the legislature, lack the political will to reduce spending, and have failed to forward constructive policies to put our struggling private sector economy back on track.”
Dunleavy concluded, “Special interests have always tried to get their hands on the Permanent Fund and PFD. With Governor Walker, they may have a chance. However, if the people demand that their legislators look out for their interests, and send to the people a constitutional amendment that protects the fund and PFD, I have no doubt the people of Alaska will act and vote to save both for future generations. This fund belongs to Alaskans. All discussion of its future should start with the people.
ANCHORAGE, March 10, 2018 — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming recommendation he received from delegates attending the Alaska Republican Party’s statewide convention in Anchorage this weekend.
“I deeply appreciate this vote of confidence from several hundred of the most politically involved folks in our state,” said Dunleavy. “Every delegate I spoke with realizes that Alaska is not living up to its potential, and that we urgently need a course correction for our state. I’m grateful that a large majority of the delegates see my candidacy as a way to build an Alaska that is once again prosperous and optimistic.”
Dunleavy won the recommendation of 77 percent of delegates, more than any other candidate in the Republican Primary. The enthusiasm for Mike Dunleavy’s campaign is also reflected in the latest campaign finance reports, which indicate that he has received more contributions from individual Alaskans than all other Republican gubernatorial candidates added together.
Prior to Saturday’s vote on recommending candidates for statewide office, Dunleavy spoke to the assembled delegates and shared his agenda for confronting the many challenges facing the state.
“I’m truly excited about the opportunity to be the next Governor of the great state of Alaska. The problems we face as a state are serious. But as I have already made clear, they are not insurmountable. With the right leader, with well thought out policies, and the guts to implement those policies, Alaska’s future is incredibly bright.”