In the race to represent Sitka, Hoonah, Haines, Pelican, Craig, Klawock, Hydaburg, Angoon, Kake and PA ( did we forget anyone?), it is very obvious that Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is increasing his lead steadily over incumbent Bill Thomas.
Mr. Thomas recently admitted at the UFA meeting in Anchorage that he has an uphill battle. Not only does he move into a new district with 60% of the votes coming out of Sitka, Bill Thomas also has his hands full with an upcoming Alaska Public Records Search that was instigated of the ADFG by none other than the Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association.
Recall that last week's bad news for Bill Thomas was the 'conflict of interest' report coming within his letter of endorsement from the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. An endorsement from Petersburg couldn't have helped Chairman Thomas in the first place, being that Angoon, Kake, Hydaburg, Hoonah, et. al. don't really think that much of a guy who has supposedly represented them for 8 years and all he has done is get a Petersburg ( not, never, nor will ever be in Bill Thomas district) endorsement.
But amazingly, the Petersburg endorsement, which we're sure won't be on Bill Thomas Facebook page, contains an admonishment to the 'conflict of interest' in Southeast salmon management that Bill Thomas has been operating under.
The new Alaska Public Records Search (APRS) by the Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association is an ironic twist as well, as Bill Thomas used to be the president of that organization. So with friends like this it's no surprise that Bill Thomas is on the ropes. Certainly there was none other than Bill Thomas who would have been threatening and arm-twisting the ADFG managers so it is quite some surprise that Bill Thomas's friends would have damaged him with such a search.
Of course this search occurred a year ago and was buried by the Lynn Canal Gillnetters.
Gee, SEAS wonders why? We'll know the answers to that in 24-36 hours.
But enough of Bill Thomas. The new guy, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, is a breath of fresh air. He's a hard working, ethical, political purist. He's young and energetic and will bring the best to the Alaska State Legislature.
We're not going to tell you how to vote here. That's not our job.
But one guy, Bill Thomas, breaking the vow of office and threatening ADFG officials.
The other guy, a new kid on the block, promising to uphold the law.
Bill Thomas needs to retire. He was blocked from attending Kevin Monagle's funeral service by Becky, Kevin's widow, due to the heavy handed, unethical and likely illegal tampering and threats he made to SE region ADFG officials, including Kevin Monagle.ReplyDelete
Vote for Johathan Kreiss-Tomkins if you believe in the sanctity of ADFG management and not the management by illegal bullying by a legislative thug.
I am a former ADFG employee. I was threatened and intimidated by Rep Bill Thomas back in his earlier years in the legislature. Bill Thomas definitely crossed the line on ethics by insisting on seine closures while owning and operating a gillnet operation worth _net, boat and permit- around a third of a million dollars.ReplyDelete
That is not only unethical but illegal. Throw him out of office you guys. The sanctity of the ADFG management decisions must be held separate from financially connected public officials.
New poll shows Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins up by 5%ReplyDelete