Cliff Notes #3
Serving House District 18
(Government Hill, JBER, and parts of North Muldoon, Downtown, Fairview, and Mountain View)
Kristi Williams (left) and Kevin McCoy (right) came to the Town Hall Meeting on Government Hill and shared their views with me.
Meeting with Constituents and Others

Hello!  I want to thank all my constituents and supporters who came to my Town Hall Meetings on Saturday and Sunday. I got to hear your concerns and feedback about how we can address Alaska‚Äôs issues. I felt lucky to speak with Kristi Williams, Ben Cuttriss, Kevin McCoy, Brian Nelson, and Stu Grenier as well as others who came to these events. I will be holding more meetings in the future to be able to best serve you and understand your concerns.
I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Stu Grenier, constituent and active member of the Northeast Community Council (staff member Cillian McDonagh is also pictured).   Stu works hard to develop trails and promote their use in Muldoon.
Glen Behymer and his wife Virginia complained to me about the inadequate snowplowing on their street in North Muldoon.   My staff and I met them at their home, and I am happy to report that their street is now plowed.   
Meeting with Government Officials

I had a good discussion with Courtney Enright, Legislative Liaison for the Department of Health for the State of Alaska, about the Department's operations.   I also had the opportunity to talk about improving retention and recruitment of firefighting personnel with Assistant Chief Alex Boyd, Assistant Chief Brian Partch, and Chief Douglas Schrage with the Anchorage Fire Department. I thank them for all the work they do in keeping our community safe. I spoke about Defined Benefits as well with Larry Persily, Publisher of the Wrangell Sentinel and a researcher and writer on public policy.

Boards and Commissions:
  • Are you interested in serving on a board or commission of the State of Alaska?   There are dozens of seats that come open from time to time.  Let me know if you are interested in serving, and I will contact Jordan Shilling, Director of Boards and Commissions. 
Courtney Enright, Legislative Liaison for the Department of Health for the State of Alaska
Assistant Chief Alex Boyd, Assistant Chief Brian Partch, and Chief Douglas Schrage of the Anchorage Fire Department
Larry Persily, Publisher of the Wrangell Sentinel 
Meeting with Non-Profit Organizations and Unions

Earlier this week, I met with Anchorage resident Tasha Hotch about fixing our structural deficit.  I also had the pleasure of talking with Jenny-Marie Stryker, Political Director at the Alaska Center, about creating a sustainable Alaska for future generations. I also got to speak with Intimayo Harbison, Ginger Baim, and Trevor Storrs of the Alaska Children's Trust about our joint efforts to fight child abuse and neglect and give to Alaska children and youth the tools and resources necessary to grow up safe and healthy.

Brenda Stanfill, Executive Director of Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, and I talked about violence prevention programs and efforts to rehabilitate perpetrators.  I prosecuted a number of cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse when I was an Assistant District Attorney, and I am working to reduce our state's high rates of those crimes.   Justin Mack and Shayne Wescott with the Alaska Professional Firefighters met me to discuss how a return to a Defined Benefit system for public employees is critical in recruitment and retention of good workers.   

 
Tasha Hotch, Program Manager at CHAP Statewide Services
Jenny-Marie Stryker, Political Director at the Alaska Center
Intimayo Harbison, Ginger Baim, and Trevor Storrs of the Alaska Children's Trust
Brenda Stanfill, Executive Director of Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Justin Mack (left) and Shayne Wescott (right), Alaska Professional Firefighters
Speaking at the Alaska State Employees Association about Defined Benefits, the BSA, and the Structural Deficit

This Friday, I gave a speech on three key issues: Defined Benefits, an increase to the Base Student Allocation (BSA), and fixing our structural deficit.  I am pleased to report that the House Community & Regional Affairs Committee has approved a Defined Benefits bill (House Bill 22) that would at least extend that pension system to first responders, although I support including all public employees in that legislation.  The BSA increase would provide very needed additional funding for K-12 education in Alaska.  I want to thank the Alaska State Employees Association for inviting me as well as their members' work in serving the people of our state. I will continue to work on these important issues and to fight for what's right for you and for our state. 
Speaking at Alaska State Employees Association
Visiting my alma mater West Anchorage High School with my staff member Cillian McDonagh, a fellow alumnus

I look forward to serving you.

OFFICE AND STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone: 907-465-4998
Email: Rep.Cliff.Groh@akleg.gov
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Email: Cillian.McDonagh@akleg.gov

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