Let me introduce myself to those I haven't yet met. My name is Pete Nolan, and I am running for South Anchorage Assembly Seat K. I am the only candidate in this race who has long been involved in both my neighborhood and my community, and the only candidate with a lengthy record of public service to Anchorage.
I was raised here, attending school at Mountain View Elementary and graduated from East High.
From childhood, I knew I wanted to be an Anchorage police officer. At the time, APD had a cadet program, and at age 18, I was accepted and began working alongside the officers I admired. I was accepted into the police academy at 21, and became one of the youngest sworn officers in Anchorage history.
Several years later, I met the woman of my dreams, and within six months had convinced her to marry me. We just celebrated our 33rd anniversary. We were building our first home and beginning our lives together when I was shot in the line of duty.
After months of surgeries and rehab, I was able to return to duty. Ramifications of those wounds eventually forced retirement from the job I loved.
One of my friends thought that my abilities working with people might translate into marketing skills. He offered me a job in advertising with the Journal of Commerce. I learned business, and today I am in marketing with The Arctic Warrior, the official newspaper of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
My involvement in my neighborhood and my community sets me apart from the other South Anchorage candidates. I currently serve on the Budget Advisory Commission and served on the Board of Ethics. I was on the steering committee of the Huffman/O'Malley Community Council for a number of years, was vice president, and am the immediate past president. I am a longtime member of HALO, Inc., and I understand how vital these groups are to effective government.
Two years ago, after much thought and prayer, I decided to run for the upcoming open Assembly seat. I began attending all the other active community councils and the Girdwood Board of Supervisors. These meetings, their minutes and their newsletters, have given me great understanding of our neighborhood issues. I know about the drainage problems in Oceanview and Klatt, the road and traffic issues at Goldenview, the cell tower issues in Bayshore and Hillside, and the crumbling tennis courts in Girdwood.
Anchorage faces an uncertain future: How can we be a place to "Live! Work! Play!" when we are running out of room for people to live? Anchorage homebuilders, who advocate for our middle class, have been worried about the housing situation for a decade. Residential real estate funds one-sixth of our economy. One of my major focuses for years has been the creation of affordable entry-level housing and quality "move-up" housing that frees up entry-level housing.
We also face the ongoing negative impact of AO 37. If repealed by the voters, we are back to "square one," with no code (law) that protects our taxpayers and our municipal workers. This is unfair to both sides, and I am the only candidate in South Anchorage to call for the Assembly to rewrite AO 37. We must sit down with all involved parties to create code that ensures equal and fair protections for both taxpayers and employees in future contract negotiations. Although I declined campaign donations from unions whose contracts I may have to approve, I proudly accepted the endorsement of the working men and women of the Anchorage Police and Anchorage Fire Departments.
Part of the responsibility of your Assembly is "big picture" items: the budget, port project, public safety and Title 21 issues. The other part of the job is being available to your community: to attend your meetings, to listen to your concerns and to be available to you. I have visited over 8,000 homes in South Anchorage during this campaign.
I understand both responsibilities, I have a proven record of neighborhood involvement, and I am looking forward to representing South Anchorage, from Dimond Boulevard to Portage, Bayshore to Bear Valley. If you have any questions, I am always available by phone or email.