Candidate Profile: Kevin McKinley runs for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 4:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Kevin McKinley is running for seat A on the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Assembly.

He said he is running because it’s a good way to give back to the community. “I’ve rUn a business for 30 years, Actually It’s 31 years now. I have experience making a payroll consistently, every two weeks, and I know the responsibility of that, and I’ve worked on state boards and I’ve learned how government has to work with business and the entrepreneurs out there and also the people, and you have to have those three things working together, or it just doesn’t work.”

McKinley ran for the Alaska House of Representatives last year. “During that time, I knocked on a lot of doors, and as I did that, I kept getting the same response back. Well, actually, it was two responses, and it was either property taxes or crime,” he said, continuing, “I’d say ‘Ma’am, I’m running for State House and you’re asking about property taxes. This is really a borough question,’ and they would say, ‘Well, you knocked on my door and you asked me what I was concerned about, and I’m telling you now,’ and I said ‘Yes, ma’am,’ and she goes ‘Well, now I’d like you to do something about it.’”

On crime in the borough, McKinley explained, “The borough has no policing powers, and so really what would need to be done there is just having conversations with local officials, law enforcement to see what could be done, if the borough could do anything and if law enforcement can do anything.”

He identified property taxes as a priority issue in the borough. “It’s a lot of budgeting and finding out what is the right budget for the community and finding out, also, what do we want and what do we need and what are we willing to pay for, and then how do we want to pay for that, and making sure that it’s fair for everybody, the budget works for everybody, and my belief that the borough should be working for us and us not working for the borough. I think a lot of times we have it backwards,” McKinley said.

McKinley said that misunderstanding of the borough’s job can lead to unintended consequences. “Whether it’s somebody trying to expand their business or develop their property, it becomes more cumbersome than it should be and I think there’s times that we can look at certain ordinances and streamline them and make them a little better, more workable for people, and I do believe that the borough’s always trying to do that and it’s something that we need to continue to do - and you find those things out by talking to people and getting feedback. I think some of the best ideas come from the public.”

McKinley also discussed the issue of military housing in the community. “We have to make sure that we are going to be able to accommodate the military,” he said, adding, “We need to make sure that we have housing for all of them. That’s going to be a really important thing for us to think about and plan for.”

McKinley is running against David Guttenberg in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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