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State Capitol Bldg.
4th Floor, Room 426
Juneau, AK 99801
February 7, 2013 (Issue 1)
From Juneau with Love
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
|Our two jobs: serve Southeast Alaska;
make Holly laugh.
For the last few weeks, Juneau has had the feel of a college town. I was not surprised to discover that many veterans of the legislature wryly refer to the months between January and May as the legislative "semester."
I can appreciate the parallels with college. The uptempo pace of the Capitol is fueled by caffeine, gossip, and constant cramming – for the next hearing, press conference, or floor session. The Capitol is exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure.
Team Southeast Alaska
Every day, in our cozy broom closet of an office, I work with three thoroughly wonderful friends: Holly Smith, Nancy Barnes, and Tully McLoughlin. Along with a couple of other friends who work remotely, we've dubbed ourselves "Team Southeast Alaska." We're highly patriotic, and we’re at your service.
Clarence Jackson passes
Tlingit orator and elder Clarence Jackson “walked into the woods” last week. Former State Senator Albert Kookesh described Clarence, a close friend, in an APRN story: "Very, very articulate. Not somebody who went to college, not somebody who went to law school, not somebody who went to graduate school. But somebody who went to the upper learnings of the Tlingit culture."
I am not sure I’ve encountered a more riveting storyteller or orator in my life. He could – and did – hold audiences transfixed for hours with his humor, wisdom, and simple kindness.
Clarence's passing creates a heavy silence across Southeast.
|A shot from the House floor, speaking on House Bill 80, which weakens cruise ship wastewater discharge standards. I voted against the bill, although it passed by a considerable margin.
Back to the district
Prior to taking office, I encountered a deeply-rooted cynicism in the smaller communities of our district. If politicians ever bothered to show up, it always seemed to be right before an election to ask for votes.
I want to do the exact opposite. In December I visited Haines, Hoonah, Klawock, and Craig, and of course Sitka, my home. This last week included trips to Angoon and Hoonah for energy workshops with local leaders, and additional trips to Kake, Sitka, and Haines are on the horizon. We'll keep you posted on details.
"So, how do you like the job?"
Valentine’s Day is still a week away, but I’m always pretty excited about the holiday. This year especially! I’ve got a downright hopeless crush on my job.
What is not to love? Every day I get to work hard and with good friends to make our small corner of the world a better place.
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins
State Capitol, Room 426
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