Alaska in Brief

Q&A with 2022 Alaska governor candidate Billy Toien

By: - July 28, 2022 1:05 am

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s 10 governor candidates to answer a 15-question survey about their positions on a variety of issues. Read all of their responses here. Answers have not been edited.

Billy Toien, Libertarian candidate from Anchorage

Yes/no questions

Do you support a constitutional convention?


Should the Alaska Constitution be amended to protect the roughly $30 billion in the Permanent Fund that currently isn’t constitutionally protected?


Should Alaska spend public money to ensure a natural gas pipeline is built?


Do you think the state prioritizes commercial and sport fishing over subsistence fishing?


Would you allow a bill limiting transgender athletes to become law with or without your signature?


Open-ended questions

How should the state of Alaska set the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend each year?

According to the historic formula after a 100% state audit.

What’s Alaska’s biggest need, and how would you address it?

Re-founding the state and then a 100% state audit.

What policies and laws should Alaska follow with regard to abortion?

Although my personal sentiments are pro-life; this is not something that can be forced one way or the other by legislation.

How should the state reduce the threat of gun violence and mass shootings?

An un-infringed right of self defense. Also, we must cease and desist the drugging of our children.

How much should a governor’s faith or religion determine state law and policy?

It shouldn’t.

What should the state do to improve retention of public employees, including teachers?

When government sponsored services (& especially education) are shifted to the free-market; the proper levels of retention will take place.

What does an ideal state ferry system look like?

That will only be known & seen as the system is continually developed & modified to meet the needs of the State.

What, if any, changes does the state need to make to ensure voting is equitable and secure?

To go back to only paper ballots and in person on voting day only. No machines!

What do you intend to do about the poor returns of salmon in the Yukon and Kuskokwim drainages, and what are the main causes of the problems?

I would not make decisions, or take actions, without the input along with extensive on site consultations with those that make their living in fishing those areas.

What, if any, changes should be made to Alaska’s school funding system?

By cutting out the institutions that cost so much and going back to simple schooling and home schooling which is made easier by computer. We had people launching moon missions that started learning in the 1890’s in “The Little Red School House.”

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James Brooks
James Brooks

James Brooks is a longtime Alaska reporter, having previously worked at the Anchorage Daily News, Juneau Empire, Kodiak Mirror and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he is married to Caitlyn Ellis, owns a house in Juneau and has a small sled dog named Barley. He can be contacted at [email protected]