Candidate Binkley has experience, integrity

Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2006

I support John Binkley as candidate for the governor of Alaska. He is one of few individuals in public service who still maintain their integrity and conviction to true democratic ideals.

John, the proud parent of four children, was born in Fairbanks and resides there. He serves as chairman and CEO of his family's tour business, which owns and operates stern-wheel riverboats on the rivers of Interior Alaska. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, a position he has held since 1997. John previously lived in Bethel, where they built a tug and barge business that operated on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers and the coast of the Bering Sea.

He is a former state senator and served as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Reflecting his commitment to strengthen rural Alaskan communities while in the Legislature, he served on many fisheries committees, subsistence committees and committees dealing with alcohol and drug abuse. He was directly involved with the U.S. State Department negotiations of international fisheries treaties in the North Pacific, including Japan, Canada and Russia.

He also served in a number of key capacities, including a presidential appointment to the Alaska Federation of Natives' Commission on the Status of Alaska Natives, the advisory board to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on Substance Abuse Prevention, president of the Bering Sea Commercial Fisheries Association from 1991 to 1998, and member of the board of directors of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center since 1990.

John has been a U.S. Merchant Marine-licensed captain since 1972. A private pilot with over 3,000 hours, he has multi-engine, instrument and float ratings. He is also an FAA-licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic. He enjoys playing and coaching hockey in his spare time. He also has the distinction of being the first person in the world to drive from the Arctic Ocean in Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego on the tip of South America by motorcycle in 1975-76.

Our political leaders, besides having wide experience and clear and strategic minds, should also have their hearts in the right place, as Binkley does. Alaskans will be proud of Binkley's leadership and representation. A vote for John is a vote for Alaska.

Alexander Dolitsky


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