Alaska in Brief

Q&A with Alaska Senate District C candidate Walt Jones

By: - July 28, 2022 12:49 am

The Alaska State Capitol on April 22, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney)

The Alaska Beacon asked Alaska’s legislative 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.

Walt Jones, Republican candidate from Anchor Point

Yes/No questions

The Alaska Constitution allows legislators to call a constitutional convention at any time. Are you interested in calling a convention?


Would you be willing to join a coalition majority in which the opposite political party controls a majority of seats?


Should new public employees have access to a pension?


Should the state take over the federal permitting process that regulates construction in wetlands?


Should Juneteenth be a state holiday?


Open-ended questions

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

Cant it’s done by the PFD Commission that sends forth the amount to be distributed, AND should NEVER be added to the budget.

What’s the biggest need in your district, and how would you address it?

Representation! Running for office will eliminate that issue

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

The Federal Law that states it’s illegal to murder innocent humans

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

We don’t have any issues with gun violence or mass shootings

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

It’s not up to the legislature, it’s up to the people they represent

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

The teachers we currently have shouldn’t be retained at all. The Union already takes care of them.

What does an ideal state ferry system look like?

Privately owned is the best way, if you choose to live on an island or so remote, why should the state of Alaska be responsible to transport said individuals

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

Paper in person with valid ID

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?

Have an investigation done as to why an entire school of salmon is literally wiped out. To many bears? Or too many unattended fish wheels

What constitutional amendments, if any, do you support?

All of them!

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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].