Ask the Candidate: Ken Jones

Ken Jones, middle, with wife Shannon and son Evan. Photograph courtesy of Ken Jones

Prospect for Cordova Town Council Seat E
Challenger, functioning from Anne Schaefer

Job: Modest business owner in the parts of business fishing, vessel charter operate, oil spill reaction and rental house management

Public services: Cordova City Council member, Harbor Fee member, Cordova District Fishermen United board member, Prince William Seem Aquaculture Company board member, Prince William Audio Aquaculture Company govt committee member and alternate, Cordova Comprehensive Approach Committee member

Instruction: Attended classes at University of Alaska Anchorage and Prince William Sound Group University in information know-how, accounting, enterprise management and mathematics U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton In close proximity to Coastal Master license by Alaska Nautical University single-engine fixed-wing non-public pilot license by Land and Sea Aviation Alaska

The metropolis closed a more than $1 million funding hole by making deep cuts to several departments. How well did the town council handle the difficulties of the 2021 spending budget?

If I remember they only anticipated a $1 million funding hole, due to likely condition cuts and estimating fish tax down. As much more facts arrived in neither of these were predicted to occur, they ended up in a position to go a balanced budget by increasing those line merchandise back again up. As for deep cuts, the clinic been given what they requested for, to fund a gasoline tank, significantly considerably less than modern yrs since they gained covid revenue and didn’t request the metropolis for as significantly. The university received a slight slice with assurance they would reevaluate ahead of the start of the faculties FY22 when they experienced knowledge of what the governor’s finances and fish tax would be. I will support increasing this back up. They proposed a slice to the law enforcement department but inevitably backed absent from it. If you question me, they pushed the stress button a tiny early in the method, they proposed a bunch of cuts, in the long run they arrived out at the stop with a balanced spending plan by incorporating all those goods back again in and not following as a result of with the proposed cuts.

How would you like to see the city modify its coronavirus reaction?

I would like to see us continue on the force for voluntary vaccinations, I do not want to see any mandates or lockdown steps coming into this fishing season. I approach to operate difficult on acquiring enterprises re-opened and returning to a pre-COVID culture as a larger percentage of our populace becomes vaccinated. I would like to see the metropolis have the capacity to offer you incoming fisherman and cannery personnel vaccinations as they come into town this spring, if the provide is offered.

Really should you acquire, what are you most seeking ahead to about serving on town council?

I look forward to keep on pushing for harbor maintenance, shipyard progress, and tax incentives for organizations. I will carry on the perform of my initial expression. I have the tenacity and knowledge to see the harbor challenge through. I also would like to get the city back again to the comprehensive plan that we expended an total 12 months creating. Charge of residing was a major group precedence, and I believe the property tax incentive strategy I have been pushing for two decades now, will assist spur some answers to our housing lack that has driven expense of dwelling increased than the nationwide ordinary.

Your opponent, Anne Schaefer, is one of Cordova’s most lively citizens, obtaining served not only on city council, but also as a volunteer with several community groups. Why should really voters pick out you about her?

A single could argue that I have been just about every bit as active, if not much more active than she has been. I was currently serving different roles on the two non-income boards and city commissions when she moved listed here. My general public services has been centered around advertising and defending Cordovas main financial driver, which is paramount to the long term of this town. I have sacrificed a great number of quantities of time and spent thousands of my personal money to 12 months soon after year attend Board of Fish conferences across the point out to advocate for our group, fleets, and future. I could very easily snow bird away like numerous other fishermen do, but I have built a acutely aware choice to continue to be right here and struggle to protect Cordova and all that we maintain pricey. As a mother or father raising a spouse and children in this article, a organization proprietor producing work below, a property proprietor on the hook for the tax payments, and as a 3rd technology Cordovan with strong very long standing spouse and children ties to this community I convey perspective to the table that my opponent does not. With that in head, I imagine my expenditure and dedication to the long term of our local community is far larger than that of my opponents.

When you misplaced reelection to Council Seat B in 2020, you reported you have been relieved to be equipped to invest a lot more time with your family members and performing on your business. Why go back to a council situation that would choose you away from those people factors?

In my brain, my work as a coverage advocate is nevertheless not concluded, as the harbor nonetheless sits in shambles. I by no means meant to be completed serving our local community, and am grateful for remaining ready to take the previous yr to concentrate on family. We just welcomed our latest addition this previous November and I wouldn’t trade that time for something. Over the very last 12 months I have experienced an huge selection of individuals urging me to operate once more. Some did not vote very last spring and had been apologetic, thinking there was no way I would lose re-election. Probably this coupled with possessing an additional child helped to solidify in my head what I am preventing for with this time dedication. I’m undertaking this to leave Cordova a much more flourishing and prosperous area for our children to develop up in. Cordova wants a strong professional-fisheries advocate on the Metropolis Council, and I will be that voice. You should vote for Kenneth Jones on March 2 for Council Seat E.

The Cordova Standard Election will be held Tuesday, March 2 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Cordova Middle, picking new customers of Cordova City Council, the Cordova Faculty Board and the Cordova Community Health Heart Authority Board.