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Jim Clark runs for Fairbanks City Council Seat F

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 4:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Jim Clark is running for seat F on the Fairbanks City Council. This seat is currently occupied by David Pruhs, who is not seeking reelection.

Clark said he is running to represent conservative values.

“I think we’re seeing city councils all over the country kind of going a little bit crazy. I think what’s happening is I think conservatives are putting their heads down and raising their families and going to work and coming home and doing the things that they love, and I think they don’t want to get involved in politics. So I think we are losing our conservative values in these city councils. And I think one day we’re going to look up and we’re not going to recognize our cities.”

Clark said he did not necessarily want to run. “I’ve been asked to run, and I don’t want to be a career politician. In fact, I want to run and then help other people run, because I think we need to just share the burden and take turns representing the conservative values in the city.”

He said, "I’d like to make sure that our money is being spent wisely and that we don’t go into debt. There’s a lot of push out there to make things greater and grander. We’re in some tight spots with this pandemic, with oil, with all sorts of stuff going on, and we need to be really smart and wise with our money, and make sure we’re doing right by the taxpayers.

Clark added, “We need to make sure we’re doing right by the business owners, and make sure that their environment is good for them.”

According to Clark, a priority is making sure the city council backs the city, small businesses, and emergency services. "They have a strained relationship all across the country, and we want to make sure that we’ve got their back and that they feel comfortable doing their job. And also that the small business owners feel comfortable making the decisions that they can to better their jobs.

Clark spoke to the importance of politics, saying, “If you think that your views aren’t being represented, then you need to get involved. And so, first of all, people need to vote, whether they vote for me or anybody. They need to participate in the system, and make sure that the system is working for them. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s the system we got.”

“I don’t think I can make better decisions than you. I don’t think I’ve got more qualities or qualifications than you. What I do know is that we need to start taking turns making sure that our city council is represented, and not fall by the wayside and think that others are going to do it. We need to stand up and start doing it ourselves. So if you’re out there and you’re feeling like you’re losing the city and it’s kind of slipping away from you, then you need to start getting active,” he said.

Clark is running against Charles Foster III, Robert Howard, Montean Jackson and David van den Berg in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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