THE COMMONSENSE CONSERVATIVE
When I was elected the first time, we faced some of the same challenges we still do today. We have continued to pursue a long-range fiscal plan to provide stability to Alaskans and state government alike. I remain convinced that the cornerstone of a long-term fiscal plan must be a revised constitutional spending limit that actually limits spending. As a member of the House Finance Committee, I introduced HJR 7 in 2017. I have worked closely with Gov. Dunleavy to pursue our shared goal of a new constitutional spending limit we can place before Alaska voters in 2024.
Just as we are today discussing the future of the PFD, so too were we then. I don’t think anyone could even envision the thought a Governor would unilaterally veto a portion of a statutory dividend appropriated by the Legislature or a state court that would uphold that action. I have always supported the historic formula for PFD payouts, and my voting history reflects that. If there are any changes going forward, Alaskans MUST participate in that decision by voting on any change.
Eight years ago, few would have expressed much concern about elections integrity/security and today it is one of our greatest public policy priorities. I have vocally opposed so-called “elections reform” measures such as the PFD/voter registration and Ranked Choice Voting ballot initiatives. I will work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to adopt a thorough and robust elections security package and repeal RCV within the first session of the 33rd Legislature, convening next January. Alaskans must have confidence in the validity of our elections.
COVID? Who could have predicted COVID and the overreaching bureaucratic response that did untold damage to our economy, threatened civil liberties and allowed tyranny by bureaucrats and elected officials? Similar to other states in 2021, I introduced HB 179 which said municipal governments were not allowed to arbitrarily shut down gun stores or shooting ranges under color of an emergency declaration. I also co-sponsored HB 175 creating a COVID vaccine bill of rights.
Why is Cathy Running?
State Representative, District 26
Alaska and the Mat-Su Valley have provided me and my family tremendous opportunities. I’ve been able to build several successful businesses and my kids have been truly fortunate to build their lives and careers in the MatSu. Now, with two young grandchildren I want to ensure they have those same opportunities.
It is essential for my neighbors in the Valley to continue having a strong voice in the State House. I hope to have the opportunity to continue working with the Governor on our shared goals and lead the Alaska House of Representatives to a pro-Alaska agenda that reopens Alaska for business and puts the interests of Alaskans first. Running for this seat again means giving back more to the community that has given my family so much.