Gerald Heikes

Christian Republican Conservative Candidate for Alaska Governor 2018

My Slogan...

"Of the People, By the People and For the People," Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

I Believe

People ask me, Jerry what is your platform?

ANSWER: The United States is a constitutional democratic republic. The government is run according to the principles of the an established Constitution. The people do not pass laws based on a direct majority rather, they elect representatives to a legislative body who can then represent their interests but, who can only pass laws that adhere to the principles of the Constitution. I am running because we need a change. I believe in a constitutionally strong, small ethical government, quality education, and the continued development of our natural resources. I also believe in cutting the size of the State government, balancing the budget, appropriating monies to strengthen our educational system, and to stop raiding our Permanent Fund Dividend. I do not believe our present representatives are acting in our best interests. If I am elected, I will change that.

Quality Education

The school curriculum should consist of comprehensive instruction in Reading, Writing (including cursive writing instruction), Mathematics, History, Science, sports and music programs, and a working understanding of the U.S. Constitution. At present, our school rooms are overcrowded, graduation rates are decreasingly low, and the teachers and unions need more monies to do an effective job. Much work needs to be done in our educational system to attract well qualified teachers who can instruct smaller numbers of classroom students effectively.

Small Government

Alaska depends on revenues from oil production. As those revenues have dropped, the State runs with a huge deficit. As a result, the present administration has dipped into the Permanent Fund Account and skimmed off half of the Dividend paid to residents. Some say the fiscal uncertainty surrounding the state has impacted private sector investment. The state's proposed capital budget for fiscal year 2019 is $150 million, which is down from nearly $2 billion in fiscal year 2013, a drop of more than 90 percent. We still face a deficit of more than $2.5 billion for next year. The amount of money invested by public and private sources in construction projects has decreased from $8.82 billion in 2014 to a projected $6.5 billion this year, according to data from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I intend to work strongly to turn this trend around.