My name is Mikel Insalaco, and I am running for Alaska State House
Alaskans want solutions, not partisan politics - and I believe my experience as a problem solver in business and as a lifetime Anchorage resident, can help move us towards more resolution on the issues we share.
Being a legislator shouldn't all about new spending and regulations - it should be about solving problems with solutions that provide the most effectiveness with the least negative impact. Throughout my career, the one trait that has defined me has been my ability to create more efficient and constructive means of solving problems.
From managing my own small business, to helping local staple Alaskan institutions, to some of the largest brands in the world - I have helped transform and lead various teams of scale, and want to apply those same principles to help elevate Southwest Anchorage.
Various community-based transformation efforts I helped lead have been recognized with national awards, including:
"Educating Alaskan Children and Families During a Global Pandemic" Emmy Award Citation - Community Outreach 57th Annual NATAS Northwest Emmy Awards
"Educating a Community Changes Our World" Emmy Award Citation - Community Outreach 58th Annual NATAS Northwest Emmy Awards
"Digital Transformation at Alaska Public Media" Membership Award PBS 2022 Development Awards
"Preventing Youth Suicide in Alaska" Community Engagement Award NETA 53rd Annual Public Media Awards
"2021 Report to the Community" Marketing - Annual Report Award NETA 53rd Annual Public Media Awards
When my son was born, it marked the fourth generation of my family building a life in Alaska - and the third generation in Anchorage.
I was born and raised in Anchorage and have spent over 12 years living in what is now known as Alaska State House District 10, having otherwise lived nearly my entire life in the southside Anchorage. As a lifelong-Alaskan, I have been and will continue to be invested in our community for the long run.
I am not a career politician, or someone looking to make my next career move with a specific industry or corporation. I am a father. I am a husband. I am son. I am a friend. I am an Alaskan - and I, like you, want someone who represents me and not some other interest.
It's unfortunate how often you will see representatives at all levels pause when thinking about if they stand for a certain constituent-base, worried about isolating themselves from what they perceive as their current supporters. This is unfortuante, as this often results in them projecting their own pre-conceived perception of what their base wants vs. truly understanding it.
I will stand with all Alaskans to represent their concerns and will not tow the line for anyone but the constituents (no party, no corporation, no private interests.)
There is only one exception: If your desires are to control, manipulate or negatively influence the life of another, I will have no part in giving you a voice.
Ever wonder why a representative at any level made the decision they did? We all have and there should be no reason with today's technology that we can't keep constituents 100% in the loop.
If faced with a decison that effects the lives of Alaskans at-large I will never using anything other that non-partisan facts (not talking points) to make decisions on your behalf.
If elected, I will make it my comittment to create an website/ hub for District 10 that provides completely transparency on my activities and decisions in office so you can hold me accountable.
Alaskans steward Alaska better than anyone, and I believe that decision making at the smallest level ensures our diverse communities are served best. Over the last decade, growth in Alaska's economy has been stagnant or even in a recessive state - despite the opportunities our state offers.
My commitment would be t
o restore decision making back to Alaskans at every opportunity
help ensure that local influence does not get outweighed by financial interest from entities outside of Alaska.
want to start off by stating:
I believe that people generally agree more than they disagree on -
We can all agree...
Alaskans are the best steward of Alaska's lands and resources, as we understand that our state's value lies beyond oil and ore (while they remain a vital part of our economy.)
Alaska is diverse and we know that the needs and the concerns of Alaskans vary from community to community.
Everyone deserves to live their best life as long as they don't infringe upon the rights of and/or harm others.
We don't always agree how to solve our problems, but we can often agree on the issues we face - which is a strong start. What's odd is, despite many of these agreements - politicians and many in the media would like you to believe that everything in life is a battle between "Red vs. Blue" instead of "The People vs. Issues We Face."
Election after election, the same results are yielded because people make the same decisions - so where do we start to change this?
My suggestion? Let's
Start Here. In our community. In our home. In our schools.
Change starts from the ground, and for us - its here in Southwest Anchorage.
This was the question that challenged me and led to the decision to embark on this campaign to help elevate the great things Southwest Anchorage (Klatt / Oceanview / Huffman / Dimond) is doing to keep Alaska moving in the right direction.
Join in making a step forward for Alaska, starting here in Southwest Anchorage.
Img Credit: GoogleEarth 2022 / Alaska Redistricting Board
With any of these positions, please understand that my primary principle is to uplift our community and eliminate obstacles to success with as little of a negative effect on your daily life as possible. I will only support decisions where the benefits to our community outweigh the costs, without imposing the individual's ability to make decisions for their own life.
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We can all agree that it is time for Alaska to diversify.
As one of the hubs of consumer spending for Alaska, SW Anchorage tends to be a anecdotal barometer
on the state of our economy – and things have trended in the wrong direction in
recent years. While development of resources, fishing and tourism remain a
staple for years to come, there are many emerging industries and sectors that Alaska is primed to lead in with the proper support.
No matter what side of the issue you sit on for PFD’s, there
is one this one thing that is certain for all: we waste too much time, year after year, debating of the PFD .
This debate needs to be resolved once and for all if not within the legislator, with either a people-driven bill proposition (both of which I support) to secure the future of this program many Alaskans rely on.
I know first-hand that sometimes overcoming the hurdles of running a small business can feel nearly impossible. When outside
interests, cumbersome procedure, and overreaching regulation get in the way on
top of this, it only adds insult to injury. Through utilizing technology, and
common-sense principles, I believe we can eliminate the obstacles that prevent
people from doing business and keeping people employed.
Responsible stewardship of our lands is vital to the future of Alaska, and I believe no one knows better how to manage Aalskan lands better than Alaska. I am for the of the majority of federal lands to the appropriate indigenous Alaska Native tribes, the state and citizens of our state.
I stand for the rights of all law-abiding Alaskans without any exception.
I want you to love you want to love, have the means to defend your family (equal to any possible threat you could encounter), worship who you want to be, do what you want to do with yourself and your body (any decision of which should be between you, God and your medical professionals); essentially, I want you the be who you are freely.
I promise to protect these rights, and not let fear - only facts - influence decisions that effect our community and the people that live there. What might be beneficial for one purpose by one administration could be abused a different one later, so we must be careful the precedent we set.
As long as you don't wish to harm others or infringe the rights of individuals, I want to know help you feel represented in your concerns and perspective as much as possible.
While diversification of our economy should be a primary focus, we should not be mistaken: when it comes to resource development, Alaska does it safer and more ethically than anywhere else.
Over the last few administrations, it has been difficult to make the case to invest in developing in Alaska, as we often lie on the table as a bargaining chip in Washington. Alaska cannot grow if it doesn't have more control over its ability to manage its land and resources more effectively.
But in order to take the next steps, we need not only more control over our resources, but more representation from real Alaskans to ensure we have more bargaining power on the various regulatory boards and outside corporate interests that rule our future. Through better representation, we can prevent further influence from manipulating Alaska's emerging markets and chip away at the existing systems that hold us back.
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