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Robert Howard runs for Fairbanks City Council seat F

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 4:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Robert Howard is running for seat F on the Fairbanks City Council. This seat is currently held by David Pruhs, who is not running for reelection.

Howard said he is running for the community.

“There’s so much going on with the homelessness, trying to help them find resources... the drug use in town, you can’t walk down some streets without finding needles just laying around... and to support our police officers -- those are my three big items,” he said.

Howard explained, “With everything going on in the world today, the craziness in the lower 48, I figured it was time to step up and really fight to see that we don’t get the same stuff going on up here.”

Howard said he would like to accomplish “more funding for the police, finding assistance for the homeless and the disenfranchised, and seeing what kind of resources we can come up with [for] slowing down if not stopping some of the illegal drug use in town.”

According to Howard, “If you look at the statistics, we have... what is it... one police officer per 1,000 residents? That’s not enough. We need more police out there. There’s crimes going on daily that these officers can’t get to in time. They need more support. We need to raise their morale because if you look, they’re not always the happiest people when they’re in uniform. These are our modern day heroes, and we, as a community, need to support them.”

Howard said he has lived in Fairbanks for 13 years. “In the wintertime, you’ve got neighbors helping neighbors, the way things should be.”

While he said he sees plenty of issues in town, “I’d have to say, though, financially, we’re on a great course. We’re still operating at a slight profit, but we’re still in the black. As far as some of the public works things, I’d like to see a little bit of improvement on that, like the snow removal. Maybe a little speed up on construction projects throughout the town. It seems contractors drag their feet a little bit, and I’d like to see that sped up.”

Howard lives in a high-crime neighborhood. “I’ve been having multiple dealings with police officers, doing my civic duty, calling them when there’s issues. And I keep getting told, ‘Well, if you really want to make a difference, you need to go to city council.’ Well I like to shoot and go for above and beyond -- so instead of going to city council, I’m going to run for city council.”

“If you want honestly, fairness, and somebody who’s not going to take the flak, vote for me. If you like party politics as they are, if you like being lied to, well don’t vote for me,” he said.

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

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