Voting is sometimes agonizing because our choices may include more than one candidate we know and admire. We see them at grocery stores, arts and sports events, and work alongside them for good causes. After careful consideration, I have decided to vote for Dick Knapp because this is Juneau's opportunity to elect a mayor with such a remarkable range of important qualifications and who is results-oriented.
Dick's leadership skills include serving as U.S. Coast Guard rear admiral, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, commissioner of Alaska's Dept. of Transportation, vice president for the Alaska Railroad Corporation and senior vice president for Harbor Enterprises/Petro Marine. Those jobs require more than just stewardship and maintaining the organization. They require forward-thinking leaders and clear vision. That's Dick Knapp. He will consistently and effectively move forward to achieve goals. He's a leader who gets things done.
From extensive statewide job experience, Dick understands Alaska's place - and most importantly, Juneau's place - in the federal and state picture. Dick makes and keeps friends for Juneau. He is diplomatic and can communicate well with our congressional delegation, other Alaska leaders of commerce, industry, elected officials and all people of southeast Alaska. He can proactively and diplomatically handle not only challenges, but also slings and arrows, that come with this job. We need that talent as we work to keep Juneau the capital city of Alaska.
Dick is a leader who will serve as an inspiration to others to achieve Juneau's potential. He brings excellent analytical talent and management competence to Juneau's financial and budgeting picture. Refreshingly, he doesn't equivocate. You always know where he stands.
Dick and his wife, Pam, understand the importance of putting Juneau's best foot forward and extending hospitality to visitors. They want Juneau to shine not only as a capital city for all Alaskans, but as a wonderful place to live.
For those of you who think you may not know who Dick is, he's Nancy Peel's dad. He was also U.S. Coast Guard admiral when the cruise ship Prinsendam caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Alaska. Dick directed the rescue; all passengers and crew were saved.
Dick Knapp will provide the initiative, energy and results-oriented leadership Juneau needs.