Q&A with Alaska U.S. House candidate Robert Brown

The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates for U.S. House running in the special primary election to answer a series of questions. Read all of their responses here.

ROBERT BROWN, nonpartisan from Wasilla

What in your background qualifies you to represent Alaskans in Congress?

Military service/combat veteran status. I have a limited background in community organizing with the Socialist Rifle Association and a membership in the Free Software Foundation, but I think my lack of political experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent the portion of our community that has rejected electoral politics as useless.

Why are you running for U.S. Congress in Alaska?

Because Alaska needs nonpartisan representation, and because Santa Claus is running.

What would be your top priority if elected to Congress?

The creation of a model for direct democracy and revamping of public benefits. Support for free education, and the expansion of public assistance and Medicare availability to all.


What is your position on abortion?

I am pro-choice.

If legislation came before the U.S. House that would guarantee the same abortion rights nationwide as the Roe v. Wade decision, how would you vote?


If you support abortion rights, what limitations, if any, do you think should be placed on those rights, such as waiting periods or a specific point in a pregnancy where abortion should no longer be legal?


Would you support a bill, if it came before the House, to expand the size of the U.S. Supreme Court? Why or why not?

Yes, I think more justices would add to the discourse of deliberations.