Montean Jackson runs for Fairbanks City Council seat F

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 5:22 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Montean Jackson is running for seat F on the Fairbanks City Council. This seat is currently held by David Pruhs, who is not seeking reelection.

Jackson said she is running because difficult decisions need to be made as Fairbanks moves through and beyond the current economic and health crisis.

“We will need strong leaders that are willing to seek and explore all solutions to problems that we are facing in our community and have faced for some time. I would like to be one of those leaders that’s part of the process as we examine and reach out to many sectors in our community to look for solutions. I don’t believe this is a one person process. I think it is a group effort and I’m willing to be a part of that team.”

Jackson said that many of the issues the community is seeing during the current crisis have been present for some time. “They’ve been magnified because of the current economic and health crisis, and many of us may not realize those issues are going to be here as we try to recover, rebuild and grow Fairbanks.”

One of the issues Jackson prioritized is safety. “If we don’t have a safe city, people won’t want to reside here, as well as visitors won’t want to come to Fairbanks. We currently lost our police chief, so we need to be aggressive in finding a new police chief that can take control of our police department and as well rebuild trust in our community amongst some of our underserved populations.”

Jackson also discussed workforce development. “We have some dedicated, hard-working individuals that work as first responders, EMS, fire department, our police department, our public works and our administration. For some of those areas like our police department, public works and fire department and EMS workers, we’re understaffed.”

She added, "If we’re not able to take care of our residents, which is the role of government, is to protect and to serve the people that pay taxes and that live here, if we’re not able to do that job adequately, then we’re falling down on the job. So I’m very interested in not only recruiting and training good employees to work in those positions, but also to offer a fair, competitive wage. We must be able to sustain and support them and keep them employed.

Another goal of Jackson’s is fiscal responsibility. “We need to look to the future. We need to not operate in the moment and be reactionary. We need to pay attention and make some tough decisions with the loss of bed tax revenue and other revenues that we have lost because of this current health crisis and economic crisis. Where are those other dollars going to come from, in order to take care of all of our residents?”

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

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