Group forms to oppose ballot measure 2
Anchorage, AK – A coastal zone management measure on the August primary ballot is confusing, poorly written and easily could hamstring development activities statewide, says a new coalition formed to fight the ballot measure.
“Vote No on 2” is organizing the statewide campaign and officially registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission as a ballot measure group on June 4.
The “Vote No on 2” campaign co-chairs are Judy Brady of Anchorage, Lorna Shaw of Fairbanks and Kurt Fredriksson of Juneau. The group’s treasurer is Cheryl Frasca of Anchorage.
“Alaskans support effective, responsible coastal management, but this measure will create confusion and uncertainty,” the group said in a news release. “It will impose a new undefined set of rules and standards that give unprecedented and un-checked powers to an entirely new body unaccountable to the voters. It creates more government red tape and grows the bureaucracy. Plain and simple, this is a vague, poorly drafted bad law that will spawn delays and endless litigation.”
Brady is a former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. She began her career as a journalist at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and later served as chief administrative judge for the Alaska Native Claims Appeals Board and as executive director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA). Shaw is a fourth-generation Alaskan who now serves as director of external affairs for Pogo Sumitomo Gold Mine in Delta, and also is board chairman for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Fredriksson formerly was commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He is an environmental policy and regulatory specialist who spent most of his career working in Alaska’s Coastal Zone Management Program. Frasca currently directs the Office of Management and Budget for the Municipality of Anchorage, and she also has held top-level state government posts in budget and finance.
Willis Lyford, an Anchorage marketing and public affairs executive, will serve as the campaign's director.
“ ‘Vote No on 2’ will bring together concerned Alaskans from across the state," Lyford said. "This measure will hurt our economy and cost Alaska jobs. It creates a confusing web of conflicting rules that have not been subject to real review. It opens the door to political squabbling over Alaska’s resources. Over the upcoming months we'll be expanding our statewide organization to inform Alaskans and stop this misguided measure.”
Paid for by “Vote No on 2,” PO Box 201312, Anchorage, AK 99520.
Judy Brady, Lorna Shaw and Kurt Fredriksson, co-chairs, approved this message.