Candidate Profile: Patricia Silva runs for Borough Assembly Seat F

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:03 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Patricia Silva is running for Seat F on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

She said she is running after working as a campaign coordinator with Dan Sullivan last year. “After leaving Dan’s office, I was just in prayer about whether or not I should run for a bigger office, or an office for myself. It is a challenge. Do I need to do it? No, I don’t need to do it, but somebody does, and I want to do it. I want to do it for the cause. I want to do it for the people.”

She said her first big goal is to take back the conservative majority in the assembly. “Anything that needs to happen in the ways of change needs to start at the local level, so I stepped into this. I realize that it’s been ten years since the conservative party has held the majority in the borough, and it has been a reflection. What we have found is that, first of all, I believe in limited but effective government, but what I also have learned is that the Fairbanks North Star Borough, they have, over the past ten years, increased in government footprint and spending, and what that has cost the taxpayers, families,a while and businesses, is a higher cost of living.”

She explained that voters can either vote for a person or for a political platform. “What we want to do in the borough, as a conservative majority, is to shrink that budget, shrink the government footprint some. We want to protect the tax cap, we want to get our contractors back to work. We want to support our community in the way of helping it to begin to thrive again. It’s been awhile.”

Silva moved to Fairbanks 37 years ago. “When I did, I stepped off that airplane, it was near midnight, and it was absolutely phenomenal. Total daylight. May. Right? And so, had an opportunity to get out and do a lot of things, did some hiking and camping and, my gosh, as I’m getting ready to leave, the northern lights just lit the sky up and I decided I was staying here, and I did. And here I am today, married to my wonderful husband of 36 years. I had a beautiful daughter. She was born 70 below zero, so we have some history here.”

Our community is a beautiful community. I’ve been working in the travel industry many years of my life also, and what you hear about Fairbanks is, ‘My gosh, everybody here is so friendly and good.’ You know, that’s true, and we also have to realize that on the backside of that are the families. How do we support our families? Yes, we have the great attitude of living in this beautiful country and this beautiful state, but how do we want to get ourselves back in a position where we’re supporting our community?”

She said she wants to protect the tax cap and get contractors back to work. “The contractors and volunteers, they have been pushed aside and they have been replaced with government, which has been less effective and efficient, with more government spending, so we want to get those contractors on a level playing field for jobs in our community.”

Silva is running against Savannah Fletcher in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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