Chris Ludtke runs for Borough Assembly Seat D
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Chris Ludtke is running to serve on Seat D of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. This seat is currently held by Christopher Quist, who is not seeking reelection.
Ludtke said the biggest reason he is running is to end a practice that he describes as “theft”. He said another reason is negative rights.
“Very few people know what they are, and that’s a very important concept in American law,” he said.
Ludtke explained, “Theft ranges from property taxes, to income tax, [to] estate tax. All those things are absolutely theft. It’s been going on for way too long and it’s getting out of hand. And then negative rights is essentially the freedom from interference from others. That’s a pretty simple explanation. It gets a little more complicated than that, but that’s the basic of it.”
Ludtke sees these issues happening right now. “Property taxes, like I said, those are theft. You don’t own your property if you’re being taxed on it. So even if you pay off your mortgage, you still don’t own it. The borough takes a slice every year. So putting an end to that would be huge. I think that goes a long way in a stable economy. That would help. And then, as far as the state and federal goes, it would be tricky, but I think it could start in the borough and then really make a push for a national organization to take care of that.”
He said he thinks energy costs are getting out of hand. “That would be easy to push for nuclear power. That’s huge. If you could cut electricity costs in this area, wealth would almost automatically go up. People would be a lot more comfortable in the winter time knowing they’re not paycheck to paycheck.”
“Telling people what they can and can’t use for heating is wrong. I think if we could clean up the air with nuclear power, the wood stove thing wouldn’t be an issue, or it would be less of an issue. I don’t think you can tell people what they can and can’t use to heat their homes,” he added.
Ludtke said that he is not going to compromise. “Principle and values I’ve grown up with have changed a little bit, but I’m not going to compromise. I’m going to stick to it, and if those aren’t good enough to get me elected, then I guess I won’t be. I fell in love with Ron Paul when he started running, and that’s my guy and I’m going to stick to those principles” he said.
Ludtke said he moved up to the borough for school in 2011, adding “There’s more of a freedom element here. I know in the lower 48 it’s getting out of hand where they’re constantly telling you what you can and can’t do with your property, and when I did a lot of research before I moved up here, I found out that the borough and Alaska has a lot more rational government policy towards private property and those kind of things.”
Ludtke is running against Donald Crocker and Tammie Wilson in the municipal elections on October 6th.
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