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Bill Peters

Posted: September 13, 2013 - 1:42pm
Bill Peters  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Bill Peters

Date and place of birth: August 17, 1966; Seattle, WA

Length of residency in Alaska and Juneau: Alaska resident 44+ years; have lived in Juneau for 16+ years.

Education: West Anchorage High School, Graduated May 1984

Occupation(s): VP Corporate Development and Executive Team Member of True North FCU; provide oversight for Business Lending, Mortgage Lending and Marketing Departments.

Family: Married 27+ years to Lisa; three adult children — Samuel, Lauren, and EJ.

Community service: President of Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club; Member and Past President, Juneau Chamber of Commerce; past Member and Chair, Juneau Diocese Finance Council; past Member and President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska; Co-chaired Build it Now for Thunder Mountain High School.

Other experience: Served on various PTOs and Site Councils, which lead to my advocacy for a second high school in Juneau; ran and secured a seat on the Juneau School Board; ended my tenure on the board as President; possess a strong understanding of the public process.

 

1. What is your highest priority for the CBJ to accomplish during your term in office? Explain why this is a priority and what you will do to facilitate this.

Maintaining our quality of life through ongoing management of our funding sources and spending. I will encourage constructive dialogue with citizens regarding needs and desires. Top priorities include a focus on jobs, at all levels; securing a supplemental water supply in Juneau; and affordable housing for all residents. Having served on the Assembly’s ad hoc Housing Committee, which provided specific recommendations to improve the housing situation, I look forward to finally implementing solutions.

2. What should the Assembly do to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and citizen participation in local government?

Voter turnout can generally be attributed to “what’s on the ballot” and the interest of our citizens in engaging in the process. Ideas to increase participation might include voting by mail – currently being researched by the CBJ and possibly exploring the idea of conducting municipal elections in November concurrent with the general election. Meanwhile we should continue to promote Kids Vote (Juneau Youth Vote) and schedule fall forums at our two high schools that link voting to the actual lives of our students.

3. What responsibility does the Assembly have to address the problem of drug and alcohol abuse issues in Juneau? Please explain.

We should continue to work collaboratively with the schools, the police department and the courts to develop effective methods of intervention. While I was not on the School Board when drug testing was implemented, I believe it had positive effects at deterring drug use. Drug and alcohol abuse is primarily a public health problem not a criminal justice issue. We need to continue to promote sensible guidelines and treatment options. We are fortunate in

Juneau to have a promising approach to helping people with substance abuse issues – the Juneau Therapeutic Court – and I’m eager to hear ways that we can expand that program’s effectiveness.

4. What steps should the Assembly take to strengthen local economic diversity and stabilize the local population?

The CBJ should continue its efforts to promote necessary and job-producing infrastructure like the SLAM (State Library, Archives and Museum) currently under construction. As an anchor in the Willoughby District, this project is providing jobs for our community and will attract visitors in the future. We must continue the conversation about revitalization of this area, which could boost retail shops and residential housing downtown. We also must pay attention to our Valley retail centers and neighborhoods, and remember that a slightly growing population will benefit all of our citizens. As your advocate on the Assembly, I will work hard to strengthen the private sector and retain state and federal jobs in Juneau.

5.What do you consider to be the advantages and disadvantages of reopening the AJ mine?

Advantages include economic stimulation, jobs, increased tax base and financial support for city services. Disadvantages might include increased traffic in the downtown corridor and concern over the impacts to our water supply. I support responsible mining and am confident that if a proposal comes forward our state, federal and city officials will review it properly. The city owns a portion of the AJ mine and it has an obligation to consider the economic benefits to the community to determine if a responsible operation can be permitted, as well as seek public feedback, should a proposal be brought forward.

6. What measures should the Assembly take to maintain the availability and safety of Juneau’s water supply?

The city needs to ensure an adequate supply of safe drinking water and water needed for fire protection. As I understand it, Last Chance Basin has been determined to be inadequate and the city is taking steps to determine how Salmon Creek can be utilized as well as rehabilitating the wells in Last Chance Basin. I support having an adequate supply of safe drinking water and water needed for fire protection and will work with the Assembly and City Manager to evaluate our options and ensure this remains a priority.

7.What further steps should the Assembly take to address housing issues in the Juneau area?

Housing is an important issue for all our citizens and it should remain a priority for the Assembly to work on. The Ad-hoc Housing Committee recently provided the Assembly with a solid set of recommendations to improve the housing situation in Juneau. As a participant of the committee, I look forward to continuing the work I started. My experience in the financial sector will be beneficial to the Assembly as we begin implementing the recommendations. I’m sure we all agree that we want to provide housing solutions so our youth and seniors can stay in Juneau and I look forward to continued feedback on this issue.

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