Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Assembly District 2 Candidate Don Habeger was a guest on Action Line Friday in advance of the October 2 election.
He cited multiple reasons for deciding to throw his hat in the ring. One of them was rooted in his service on the Mayor's Public Safety Task Force.
"Part of that conversation is what are we going to do about public safety in our community, the rise of crime, opioid epidemic, those kinds of things" he said. He added that that part of that conversation led to what he does for the Juneau Reentry Coalition and making sure that voice is heard in public policy. The coalition helps released convicts from the transition from incarceration to reduce the likelihood that they'll re-offend.
Habeger also cited these other reasons for running. "My wife and I have been here a long time, 39 years this last month. We care about our community. We care about the success of our friends, neighbors and want to be a part of success going forward."
Habeger served as Deputy Commissioner of Administration in the administration of Governor Sean Parnell and as director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing in the State Department of Community, Commerce and Economic Development.
He also worked as a legislative aide, regional vice president of government and community relations for Royal Caribbean Cruises; port manager for Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska, carpenter, car salesman and as a teacher in a private school setting.
Habeger is currently a small business owner dealing with contract consulting.