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Tammie Wilson runs for Borough Assembly Seat D

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 4:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Tammie Wilson is running for seat D in the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. This seat is currently held by Christopher Quist, who is not seeking reelection to that position.

Wilson said she is running because “we’re in a time where we’re going to have to look at all of our services, whether we need them or we’d just like to have them, and the first choice can’t be ‘We just have to go look for more revenue and more taxes.’ People are hurting right now. They just really can’t afford any more stressors.”

“We’re just in different times now, with COVID hitting. We’re seeing businesses hurting, we’re seeing schools having problems on how we start, what do parents do with children home, as well as if you go downtown right now, you’ll just see parking places everywhere, which is a bad thing because that means people aren’t going into our businesses, and they’re shutting down because they literally just can’t go this long without any kind of revenue,” she said.

Wilson said schools, libraries and activities have to be reopened in a safe way. “I really think we’re kind of going through a depression right now because people have been shut up. It’s been really rainy. I don’t think they really even realize it. We didn’t have any of our summer activities we’re used to. So first of all, it’s really getting Fairbanks back. What is our community going to look like when COVID leaves? And then it has to be ‘What services can we afford to do, and what are we going to do about the lost revenue we had?’”

She added, “We have had no tourism, which is a huge uptick for us, not just in Fairbanks, but North Pole who has a sales tax that they’re not getting. So really it’s ‘How do we get back to the way we were and having that social contact that we’re missing right now?’”

“I’m a people person,” Wilson explained, adding, “I love helping people. I want to make sure that you can live your life the way that you want be able to live it with the least amount of interference from government as possible. And what I’ve seen the borough do in the last ten or eleven years is actually get more restrictive.”

According to Wilson, “People move here, and they know they’re going to pay higher costs for food and electric, but it’s in exchange for freedom. And we’ve got to make sure that freedom stays with us.”

Wilson said, “For me it’s always about freedom, having property rights, being able to utilize what’s yours in a way that doesn’t negatively affect, but also being able to live here as costs go up. Making sure that we have good jobs, good schools for our children... it really is about quality of life, and everything starts on a local level.”

Wilson is running against Donald Crocker and Chris Ludtke in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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