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Republican Mike Cronk runs for District 6 in the Alaska State Legislature

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 4:14 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

Republican Mike Cronk is running to represent District 6 in the Alaska State Legislature. This seat is currently held by Dave Talerico, who is not running for reelection.

Cronk said he is running because he believes District 6 has lost a voice in Juneau.

“District 6 is so vast that we’re not being represented. For the most part, most people love where they live. They want to continue living that way, but they want to be independent. They want the government to do their job, but kind of leave them alone, just let them live their life. And I want to make sure somebody’s in Juneau that gets to enforce that on a daily basis because I live the same way. I live in Tok, it’s a small community, and people live there because they love it there. They don’t want things to change. They don’t want government telling them how to live,” he said.

Cronk explained that since he was present during the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, he tries to look at the positives.

“Despite what we have going on, we need to get a budget that’s under control. We have to get a budget that’s balanced, possibly put a spending cap in. We need to look at our Permanent Fund Dividend. People depend on that, and if we’re looking at it right now, it’s an insanely high tax rate for the people of Alaska.”

Cronk said he worked as a teacher for 25 years, and now serves on Alaska Gateway school board. “We need to make sure our education system continues to improve, and I don’t mean by throwing money at it because a lot of people think that you throw more money at a problem it’ll fix it -- and that’s the opposite. We need to identify the issues and work on that, and that doesn’t mean throwing more money at that.”

Cronk said, “We need to make sure our public safety has all the tools that they need to do their job and to keep people safe.”

He highlighted his variety of life experiences, which includes being a hunter, fisherman, trapper, teacher, and emergency firefighter.

He said he thinks we need to begin putting differences aside and working together. “Doesn’t matter which party you’re in, we have to find a way to bridge the gaps and work together. And I’ve kind of done that my whole life, with sports and teaching -- you learn how to work together in groups and bring people together, and that’s how we’re going to solve our problems.”

Cronk is running against Julie Morris and Ryan Smith on the Republican Primary Ballot on August 18th.

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