Alaska in Brief

Q&A with 2022 Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Pat Nolin

By: - July 28, 2022 12:04 am
The U.S. Capitol building.

The U.S. Capitol building. (Photo by Matt H. Wade via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA)

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s 19 U.S. Senate 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.

Pat Nolin, Republican candidate from Fairbanks

Yes/no questions

Do you believe former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent?

Did not answer

Should Election Day be a federal holiday?


Don Young was a longtime supporter of statehood for Puerto Rico. Do you support statehood for Puerto Rico?

Did not answer

Should marijuana be legalized federally?


Would you vote in favor of a bill that codifies abortion rights in US law?


Open-ended questions

What do you think about the overturning of Roe, and what actions should Congress take on abortion and contraception?

states should make there own decisions by their own elected officials ,I do agree with vast majority of Dr’s and biologists that abortion destroys humans, see Dr Anthony levatino congressional herein testimony.

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

keep developing out natural resources and also local food production, and good education how ? sell good viable state land at low price for farming, and make it easier for permitting etc for resource development while taking good care of our planet. And get back to basics in education (3 rs) and teach honest we have greatest nation ever

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

if captured alive have a speedy trial of criminals and have nearest relatives of victims
vote on type of execution’s of criminals, (life for life ,limb for limb) and replace soft targets with armed guards.

What steps should Congress take to balance Alaska’s status as an oil state with the need to address climate change?

should ramp way up production of cleanest fossil fuel [natural gas] and use that more as we develop out renewable energy that is an honest supply, cost effective energy and ween off fossil fuel as renewables come on line, not backward like is being tried now.

What changes or updates do you want to see in fisheries management?


Should Congress act to protect voting rights and encourage voting, and if so, how?

American citizenship approved by some form ID absolute required . and back to manually punch card voting , keep computers out of equations to avoid hacking/programing fraud . The whole point of elections is to have honest accurate elections, by legal citizens.

Alaska has the highest health care costs in the nation. What will you do to reduce costs and improve access to services?

alaska has high costs in many areas that comes with living here . health care cost is a national problem…start by capping liability lawsuits to fair reasonable amounts and capping medicine costs to average oversea price of same thing . i been living in Fairbanks area for almost 40 years

How should Congress protect the rights of LGBTQ Alaskans?

if they are human they have same constitutional rights as every human right now . no special rights need to be given to any group . If special rights are given to any group, by virtue of giving special rights you have just discriminated against everyone else not included in special rights.

Alaska families say they’re struggling financially in a variety of ways, including with child care. What actions should Congress take to support families with children?

before anyone gets a government handout they must be required to at least be working , then if they cant make it they can go see case evaluator to get help, as far as i know there are already more than enough programs out there . its called earning a living. i been earning a living for over 40 years. If breadwinner is handicap, injured,etc this is different cases and should be helped , but I’m talking of healthy individuals who refuse work then they get no help, they will then learn most valuable lesson, called work.

What criteria would you use to judge the fitness of a judicial candidate?

honest with facts, honest with self and others

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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].