Areawide Assembly candidate: Kendziorek says technology will help Juneau keep the capital

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Areawide Juneau Assembly candidate Marshal Kendziorek said he's proud of his background in science and hopes it's the edge that will win him the 2007 race.

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With decades of experience in computer technology - from information technology work at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. to mapping the Exxon Valdez oil spill - Kendziorek said he has the background to identify, dissect and solve Juneau's most pressing issues.

Kendziorek said the hallmark of his campaign is a focus on the little things because they affect people, while big pie-in-the-sky ideas may never happen.

The biggest issue Kendziorek said he'd like to tackle is capital creep.

He said the best way to alleviate it is to keep Alaskans as informed as possible about the Legislature via technological tools, such as increased teleconferencing, Web cams and blogs.

Marshal Kendziorek

Age: 50.

Occupation: director of administration and technology at Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Education: bachelor's degree in zoology from University of Washington; attended University of Alaska graduate program in fisheries.

Time in Juneau: 26 years.

Boards and committees: Juneau Planning Commission, presently vice chairman; Wetlands Review Board; Transportation Steering Committee; Public Works and Facilities Committee; Title 49 Committee; Juneau Jazz and Classics board.

Family: wife, Lisa Weissler.

For more information about Kendziorek go to www.juneauempire.com/elections

He said the other part of his plan is to help the Legislature with the basics, improve Juneau's image and make life easier for lawmakers and their staff.

Kendziorek proposed:

• creating more affordable housing opportunities.

• cuts on utility expenses for lawmakers and staff.

• help with travel to the capital.

• help with everyday living expenses such as child care.

Housing is another arena in which Kendziorek would like to use his analytical skills, collecting data from neighborhood associations, whose voice he said isn't being heard loud enough.

A total solution won't be immediate until more sewers and other utilities are provided, Kendziorek said, but the area above Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School has been identified by the city as the best place for new housing. It is close to mass transportation and has utilities, with room for hundreds of homes on 50 to 60 acres.

Kendziorek hopes any new development is composed mostly of multi-family housing additions.

"Multifamily housing is the solution to the housing problem," he said.

Larry Spencer, broker for Spencer Reality, lives near Kendziorek and said he is not only a good neighbor, but also "incredibly bright and perceptive."

"I would hire Marshal to work for me" at Spencer Reality, Spencer said. "The voters would be well-served to hire Marshal."

More hiring will be going on in Juneau's future if things go as Kendziorek hopes. While big-box stores such as Wal-Mart provide jobs, he said such employment opportunities are not good enough to keep young people and new families in Juneau.

If elected, Kendziorek said he will work with the Legislature to make sure high-paying state jobs with fair benefits stay here.

One issue he will not focus on in his bid for the Assembly seat is a road out of town. Kendziorek said the road out of Juneau would cost about half a billion dollars, which is not available from the city or the state. Kendziorek said he isn't so much anti-road as he is a realist. To him, the road is so expensive that debating the issue is useless.

"The road is not going to happen," he said. "It's a divisive issue that people are trying to use to break people apart. There is no point in the discussion."

Kendziorek has the same perspective on a second crossing. While he supports the crossing for development purposes, the low-end cost for the bridge is estimated at $35 to $50 million - again, money that isn't there, he said.

One place Kendziorek sees Juneau can make progress at is the landfill. Creating curbside recycling can happen, but the city doesn't own any of the waste disposal utilities and must first apply for a certificate of need and negotiate with waste disposal companies on its own terms.

Environmental issues such as the dump must be addressed, Kendziorek said, because they have a profound impact on Juneau's future.

"Jobs bring people to Juneau, but it's the quality of life that keeps people in Juneau," he said.



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