Why I’m Running

My name is Harry Crawford and I represent a hard-working East Anchorage district in the Alaska House of Representatives. As a state representative, I have been working for you since 2000, and I can say that without a doubt this has been the greatest honor of my life. So it is with difficulty that I will be giving up my seat to run for U.S. Congress.

I’m running for Congress because Alaskans are tired of waiting. We’re tired of waiting for economic opportunity and economic security. We’ve been waiting for a gasline since I was an iron worker building the oil pipeline. We’re tired of waiting to develop our natural resources—natural gas from the North Slope and Cook Inlet, wind energy and hydroelectric power around our state. We’re tired of waiting for sensible solutions to health care and a workable climate policy. We’re tired of waiting for the end to gridlock in Washington, the endless partisan bickering.

And most of all, we’re tired of waiting for a Representative we can be proud of. We’re tired of waiting for leadership.

I don’t pretend to have the answers to everything. I have been effective in the Alaska House because I understand that above and beyond any particular notion I may have about an issue, I represent you. In running for state representative, I knocked on your door to hear your answers and you gave them to me. You defined the issues, you defined the solutions, and together we did our best in Juneau to make Alaska better. I’m proud of that.

So now I want to knock on more doors. The chaos in Washington D. C. is more than we can tolerate. In many ways, Washington is a new place these days, and Alaska needs a new representative who can the bridge partisan gaps to make the most of these new opportunities.

We can do much better than we are, and the key is hard, honest work, listening, learning and pitching in. America and Alaska will be a lot better off if we all quit shouting and start working together.

So today I want to ask your help. When I knock on your door, open it and tell me exactly what you think. When you see me standing in a supermarket parking lot, walk right up to me and give me a piece of your mind. If you do this I guarantee you I’ll listen. And I will represent you in Washington D. C with the honesty, integrity and hard work you deserve as an Alaskan.

It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Together, we can stop the waiting and make good things happen for Alaska and America.

Thank you,

 

 

Case against Young Dropped but Innocence Not Found

Harry Crawford calls for full disclosure of details surrounded Young investigation

Anchorage — Harry Crawford, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, today responded to reports from the Associated Press that the Department of Justice has concluded their investigation on Don Young and declined prosecution.

Harry responded, “I now call for Mr. Young to disclose to all Alaskans the full extent of the charges under which he was being investigated. Alaskans deserve full transparency in their leadership. The fact that there was a need for an investigation concerns me and should concern all Alaskans.”

Unfortunately, this has not cleared the cloud of corruption that covers Don Young; only through full disclosure will that cloud begin to lift.

With Harry Crawford, there is a way for all Alaskans to have effective and honest representation in Washington.

 

 

Ethics and Honesty

“If you always tell the truth you don’t ever have to remember what you said.” – Harry T. Crawford.

I know I’m not the first person to say that, but it is a rule that I live by. I wish that more people would do the same. Corruption in politics has become so common that most people aren’t bothered by it anymore. They think that it comes with the territory. Well it bothers me, it does not come with the territory and in fact it makes me mad as a hornet.

It has been an honor to serve the hardworking folks of the east Anchorage district in the Alaska House of Representatives and it’s hard for me to give that up. Really hard.

You know, I don’t pretend to have the answers to everything, but I’ll always tell you the truth and that’s a promise. In the Alaska House I always told people what I thought and sometimes we disagreed. That’s fine. That’s how the process of democracy works. We are facing serious issues and serious issues require serious debate and honest answers.

In 2008 our economy plunged into a deep recession, rivaled only by the Great Depression. People are struggling. Hard working men and women have lost their jobs and their homes. Some have lost everything.

In the past year we have begun to bounce back, but we have a long way to go. We need to get moving in the right direction. We have to address the issues without bias or conflict of interest, find the common sense solutions to America’s problems and have the courage to take them on. We can do this, but only with honesty, integrity, hard work and by saying yes to putting people back to work and bringing manufacturing back to our shores. This is my promise to you as your representative to the Congress of the United State of America. I will represent the people of Alaska, serving only their interest. By sticking to the truth, reaching across the aisle for bipartisan support and reaching out to you for your voice, we will pull through all of this and we will be better than ever before.

That was the past. This is our future. Let’s build Alaska together.

 

 

The Deficit

“Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.” – Benjamin Franklin
“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” – Bob Hope.

In the first 224 years of our democracy, from 1776 to 1999, there were 42 presidents of the United States. Under these presidents, the nation accumulated a total deficit of $1.01 trillion. From 2000-2008, $2.06 trillion of deficit was added. Today the bleeding continues.

The skyrocketing budget deficit is a national problem requiring a bipartisan solution. Only ten years ago, during the robust economic days of the Clinton administration, the country produced a surplus. How did this situation change so rapidly and what can we learn from this?

The critical components of a balanced budget are: a robust economy, high employment rate and no major extraordinary expenses. During the last half of the Bush years we saw a major recession, rising unemployment and billions spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tax cuts for multi-national corporations and incentives for our manufacturing base to move to other countries didn’t help.

We must reverse these trends. In each previous section of this summary I have described programs that will result in a serious reduction in the debt: (1) Reducing dependence on foreign oil, (2) Construction of the Alaska natural gas pipeline using American-made steel, (3) Incentivize companies to develop value added industry, (4) Bring back domestic manufacturing and create jobs, (5) Support development of Alaska’s renewable natural resources, and, (6) Reduce our involvement in foreign conflicts.

All along the road to fiscal responsibility there are common sense solutions. I am dedicated to finding those solutions and will fight for them in the House of Representatives.

 

Education

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain.

A nation of uneducated citizens will forever be susceptible to the endless lies and mis-information of the special interests.

According to Alaska’s 2009 State Education Plan, at least a third of Alaska students will leave school without a high school diploma and about 40% of recent Alaska high school graduates who attend the University of Alaska need remedial courses. This is absolutely unacceptable.

Students who fall behind in their education do so during the first few years of schooling. That’s why I sponsored a bill called The Time to Teach Act that would limit class sizes from kindergarten through third grade to a maximum of fifteen students. Children who study in smaller classes at these ages learn a great deal more and it gives them an advantage that you can track throughout their educational career.

 

Defense

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” – Colin Powell

I will never support a policy that sends young American men and women into harm’s way unless we can unequivocally demonstrate a clear and present danger to the security of the United States of America or our allies. If it comes to this, I will insist on clear mission objectives, a mission timetable and an exit strategy.

I absolutely support our troops in every military installation and engagement across the world. The sacrifices that these young men and women have made are immeasurable and indeed inspirational. In the last eight years thousands of young men and women have died, many have returned to the United States crippled and many more lives have been irrevocably torn apart. We as a nation have a great deal of mourning to do, every day. I support our troops but I am certain that we can all support them much better when we bring them home.

 

Economic Opportunity and Jobs

“We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The construction of the gas line is number one, but there is much more that we can do to promote economic opportunity and jobs to Alaska. We need to attract value added industries to take advantage of our numerous natural resources. In the Alaska House of Representatives I introduced legislation to incentivize companies to produce value-added industry. I supported the development of the Kensington gold mine in southeast Alaska and I support the construction of a railroad in central Alaska, to link isolated towns and villages and bring to market the enormous ore reserves of the Bornite copper deposit and the Ambler River District. I also support hydroelectric power in Southeast Alaska.

We are the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy and we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. We have the greatest wind resources of any state in America and technological advances in wind generation can make this a significant contributor to our electrical needs right now if we take the initiative. Through my efforts we are moving ahead with the Fire Island Wind Farm and are putting $250 million into the renewable energy fund.

We also have the potential to develop an enormous quantity of geothermal energy in Alaska. Chena Hot Springs is the success story, where they are using low temperature hot water to make electricity and run their entire operation at water temperatures of only 160 degrees. There are many other opportunities for this in the state.

 

Energy

“Dependence on imported oil, particularly from the Middle East, has become the elephant in the foreign policy living room.” – Lieutenant Colonel John M. Amidon USAF

America must make every effort to move toward energy independence, focusing on developing our natural gas reserves and emphasizing “greener” technologies. This is a win-win situation for all Americans: it improves the environment, it reduces our trade deficit, it reduces our reliance on third world suppliers and it brings more jobs and income to the United States and the State of Alaska.

The largest single undeveloped reserve of hydrocarbons in North America is the natural gas reserve on the north slope of the Brooks Range. For the past thirty-five years, we have not only not exploited this resource, but much of it has literally gone up in smoke. I introduced legislation in the Alaska House of Representatives to persuade oil companies to construct a gas pipeline to bring this resource to market and they resisted. In the United States Congress I will relentlessly pursue the development of this pipeline, through legislation and education of the public.

On November 9, 2009 I wrote a letter to the president of the United States urging him to make the Alaska natural gas pipeline a top national priority. With the full weight of the president behind the Alaska gas line we can remove the roadblocks and uncertainty and get this project moving. It will take years to manufacture the 2.5 million tons of steel needed for the project. We should guarantee the purchase immediately while demand for steel is low, to put Americans back to work and shorten the timetable of the project. From the oil fields of Alaska to the steel mills of the Northeast and Midwest, the construction of an Alaska natural gas pipeline would create tens of thousands of construction, engineering, manufacturing, service and transportation jobs all across the nation. Bringing Alaskan natural gas to market would also generate billions of dollars worth of revenues, production taxes, and economic growth for the country. Beyond this, natural gas is an inexpensive energy source and is the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, which would help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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