Alaska in Brief

Q&A with 2022 Alaska governor candidate John Wayne Howe

By: - July 29, 2022 2:01 am

The doors to the Office of the Governor are seen Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, on the third floor of the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

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.

John Wayne Howe, Alaskan Independence Party candidate from Wasilla

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?

Did not answer

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

Did not answer

Open-ended questions

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

I would like to see year 1:
50 percent of earnings go to Individual Alaskans, and each Alaskan be able to decide how much of the other 50 percent goes to each of the state government departments, thereby giving them control over government.  They could also give more than 50 percent by giving from their personal amount.

Year 2. give each individual Alaskan 60 percent of the earnings, and control over 40 percent, amounts changing by 10 percent each year, until all of the money goes to the individual Alaskans, and the Government only gets what the people decide to give them.  This is predicated on the current inflation caused “earnings” Sound economic decision would dictate more secure investments before the fund valve goes to zero.

Never should We have taxes.  The government should never have more than what the citizens voluntarily give it.

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

The federal government has stolen from Alaskans, and caused divisions between us. While we can eventually take back from the feds what has been stolen, we must decide first to make “Alaska for Alaskans”. To me Alaska is the brotherhood of Alaskans. Alaska is not the government,
and the current state government needs to “get over itself”.

Individual Private ownership of land in Alaska is less that 1%. The state government holds 26%, this needs to be offered without cost to the citizens. This land is crucial to our ability to feed ourselves not only with physical food, but also to assure a strong hold on true freedom.

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

About the 1400’s in English the word Abortion was used to signify the natural expulsion of a partially grown baby, or a dead baby. By the 1600’s this word was used in conjunction with the word illegal, to signify a forced expulsion of an immature baby, usually by taking herbal concoctions. Today the word is generally used as a euphemism to keep us separated from the humanity of the baby involved. I prefer the word child-murder, it is more to the point, and being blunt it causes a deeper thought and discussion. Neither side of the “abortion argument” believes it is not human life, it’s just the value of the life that is argued about. I will admit when I first heard of abortion, I thought it was OK, because I put little value on my life at that time. Unfortunately our society is corrupt & is not ready to quit killing Human life.

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

This is a societal problem, due to the general decline of society. To list here the many government abuses that cause citizens to “go postal” would be impossible. It is not what we should ask the government to do, but rather what must be demanded of the government to quit doing. When there are too many laws, we all become criminals.

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

For me, the important Faith that a governor needs, is the faith in his fellow Alaskans. Faith that will allow Him to divest the State’s corporately held assets to individual Alaskans. Faith in the Alaskan’s ability to rule their own lives. Faith to allow public access to the whole State. Strength in that Faith to tell the despots to leave us alone. Alaska for Alaskans.

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


What does an ideal state ferry system look like?

The ideal system would be roads along the coast, however We live in a real rather than ideal word. The ports should be maintained by the state, and the ferries themselves should be privately owned, as they were originally.

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

100% paper ballots, retained for recounting if needed.

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?

The fact that many do not have as many fish as they want/need shows that work is needed here. Is it the ocean trawlers? Is it the subsistence users that sell fish illegally? Is it poor regulation on commercial fisheries? I will be honest, I do not know. I see too many people looking for a savior or messiah to run government, this is not me, nor am I someone that will treat you as a little child, offering to wipe your butt for you. I would honestly and wholeheartedly seek a solution to this, and ask all of the fish users to help Me in finding the true causes and a reasonable solution.

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

First, and foremost the public school needs to get back to the basics, and accomplish this in as few hours per day as possible. If the school system is for the good of society in general, then why mandate it to a set time in someone’s life? School shouldn’t be a jail to house people whose only crime is being under 18 years of age. The schools should not be a babysitting service. Public school should be open freely to people of any age that want to learn. The funding for these public schools should be by voluntary giving of citizens.

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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]