On Tuesday, Nov. 8, elections will be held for U.S. House and Senate, Alaska Legislature and the Alaska governor.
To help inform voters, the Homer News will introduce the southern peninsula candidates, show their answers to a group of questions and give them an opportunity to make their pitch on why you should elect them. This week, we introduce the candidates.
For House District 6 covering the southern Kenai Peninsula, incumbent Sarah Vance, R-Homer, is being challenged by Homer residents Louie Flora and Ginger Bryant.
Ginger Bryant, 59, was born in Lompoc, California, and raised in Littleton, Colorado. She has lived in Homer for approximately 20 years.
Contact information: GingerBryantForAlaska@gmail.com; GingerBryantForAlaska.org
Education: Columbine High School Graduated 1981; Front Range Community College: Associates of Sign Language 1985; Juniata College/Baker Peace Institute: Bachelors in Conflict Resolution 1992
Current occupation: Owner and Operator of Station Twelve on Baycrest (5 Years); Private Conflict Resolution Consulting (30 years)
Previous occupations or businesses: During my twenty years in Homer I have done many things earn a living: Spit Fishing Charter / Booking assistant; Advocate and Shelter Director for Haven House Sexual Assault Response Team; Census Worker;Residential Counselor for “The Center” SPBH; SPH Long Term Care Scheduler; UAA Homer Campus Sign Language Instructor
Community service: I have given my energy to several Quaker Advocacy projects over the years. From Friends Committee on National Legislation to Co Clerk of the local Homer meeting. Putting my Quaker values of equality into action is a vital part of my life balance.
I have been a volunteer facilitator for Alternatives to Violence Project since 1992 and have served with the Alaskan Chapter, Hands of Peace since 2006. AVP Focus is Instilling the skills sets of Conflict Resolution, Affirmation, Team Building and Cooperation in groups of 12-20 participants. The program encourages the group to become the facilitators and keep sharing the skills throughout their community.
“District Six is the estuary that blends the classic Alaskan Free Lifestyle with the Traditional American Lifestyle. I am running for office to help guide and bring a more intentional blending of the two.
Twenty years ago I became Alaskan, when Homer still qualified as a cabin community and the newly arrived Alaskan’s worked and created summer communities on the spit.
I have watched as the American template has quietly flooded our sanctuary. I cringe when I see Homer emulate a Telluride or Malibu. When our teachers, fire fighters, caregivers, police: pretty much every working family struggles to remain in our community. We must turn up the Alaskan Style of living, the one that intuitively knows how to support everyone with our available resources.
I believe every health care choice must remain Alaskan Free and Private. From Ivermectin, Abortion, Vaccinations to Death with Dignity; I am Pro-Choice.
To stay Alaskan Free means allowing each other to create a marriage of equals with whomever they choose.
I am Pro-Second Amendment, I respect all gun owners who are responsible with their gear.
I believe Education is Empowerment. Everyone needs access to a system that fully supports all life long learners.”