Tarr's Times


Coffee Saturday, October 13th 


If you missed the constituent meeting, I hope you can join me for coffee from 9-10 at Yes Bistro. We had a great meeting and I want to make sure everyone gets the important information shared with attendees. 

Coffee is on me! 


Food Security Subcommittee in Palmer Sparks Lively Discussion


Couldn’t make it? To see the livestreamed video, please visits https://www.facebook.com/geran.tarr/videos/10216707752063524/


Alaskans spend $1.9 billion each year buying food produced outside the state, and supply disruptions continue to threaten food delivery and spurred the creation of a food security subcommittee of the Alaska House Resource Committee. Rep. Geran Tarr, Rep. DeLena Johnson, Sen. Shelley Hughes, Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries and many agriculture leaders gathered in Palmer this week to brainstorm priorities for what the State of Alaska can do to build a stronger food system and encourage a vibrant entrepreneurial food economy.  Amy Pettit of the Alaska Farmland Trust, Danny Constentein of the Alaska Food Policy Council and Alaska Agriculture Director Arthur Keyes were a few of the many who shared successes on protecting farmland, building advocacy and growing local economies. Congratulations to Jodie Anderson, the new director at the University of Alaska Matanuska Farm & Extension Center! We look forward to a tour very soon!


Fire Safety Week Lunch and Learn


On Thursday, October 11th- from 12:30-1:30pm, Representative Harriet Drummond and I will be hosting a lunch and learn at the Anchorage LIO as a part of Fire Safety Week 2018!

Award-winning firefighter Adam Wood from the San Francisco Firehouse 7 and the Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, will be in Anchorage for Fire Safety Week 2018. Learn about his successful efforts to convince San Francisco lawmakers to ban carcinogenic chemicals from furniture and children's products sold in San Francisco. A firefighter for 23 years, he is a leader in championing the No. 1 threat facing firefighters across the country – toxic chemicals. Join us to learn what you can do to ban these chemicals in Alaska.


This Monday 10/8: Indigenous People’s Day


Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Alaska joins the U.S. states of Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont to celebrate Native Americans and commemorate our shared history and culture. Lots happening in Fairbanks to celebrate! Here in Anchorage, at Alaska Pacific University (4455 University Dr.) First Alaskans Institute, APU, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the CIRI Foundation, and the UAA Native Student Council and many others will be hosting a celebration in honor of this historical day!  Don’t miss the opening blessing at 11 am!

Upcoming Community Council Meetings

·         Monday, October 8th, from 7-9pm at the Mt. View Boys and Girls Club for the Mt. View Community Council

·         Wednesday, October 10th from 7-9pm at Wonder Park Elementary for the Russian Jack Community Council

·         Thursday, October 18th from 7-9pm at Airport Heights Elementary School for the Airport Heights Community Council

Stay in Touch, Even Through the Blackout!

This will be my last E-News for the foreseeable future due to election year ethics, but my office will remain open, and my staff are always willing to listen. As always, please feel free to contact my legislative office with any questions or concerns about our district at 907-269-0144 or email me at rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov. Have a great summer and see you around the neighborhood!

As always, if you  have any questions about upcoming events or legislation I'm working on, please reach out. We love hearing from you! 





Our Fall Constituent Meeting we held at the Mountain View Library had a great turnout, along with important information about public safety, an update on crime in our neighborhood from APD’s Captain Case, and much more! To watch the video of the conversation, please click here.






1500 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503
P (907) 269-0144


Diana Rhoades, Legislative Director
Magdalena Oliveros, Legislative Aide