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Paul Seaton

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Paul Seaton
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Alaska House of Representatives District 30
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$238 or $253/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks, 1968
Associate'sVentura Community College, 1965
Master'sUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks, 1969
Personal
BirthdayOctober 1, 1945
Place of birthOxnard, CA
ProfessionOwner, K-N-S, Marine
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Seaton (b. October 1, 1945) is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Seaton's professional experience includes working as the owner of K-N-S Marine, and has as a cook inlet keeper, fisherman, teacher and in the tree clearing business.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Seaton served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Health & Social Services
Resources
Fisheries, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Seaton served on these committees:[1]

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Seaton served on these committees:

Issues

  • HB 58 - "An Act relating to a student loan repayment program for specified occupations or fields in which a shortage of qualified employees exists."
  • HB 132 - "An Act authorizing municipalities and nonprofit organizations to sponsor a program to encourage the safe use of bicycles as an alternative or supplement to motor vehicles; amending the duties of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to include administration of state funds appropriated for that purpose"[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Seaton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Education should be one of the State's highest priorities. I was a member of the Legislative Education Funding Task Force which came to consensus on how to adequately fund our schools and equitably implement the district cost factor."
  • Permanent Fund Dividend
Excerpt: "I support protecting the Permanent Fund Dividend program. The Permanent Fund Dividend provides economic stabilization to a great many Alaskan families and great economic stimulus to all sectors of our retail economy. Raising revenue by reduction of the PFD means that only resident Alaskans are 'taxed'."
  • Pebble Prospect
Excerpt: "The Pebble Prospect is unique in Alaska because its estimated value and size would make it one of the largest mines in the world. It is also located in the headwaters of the largest and most valuable salmon run in the world. Infrastructure created in a Pebble development may open the entire Bristol Bay mining district to otherwise non-economic mining claims."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "At this time of high oil prices and the restructured oil tax, which I supported, there is no need for any new citizen-based tax."
  • Prop 2
Excerpt: "We all know there are differences in the resources and impacts of development in different localities. Without ACMP, big government agencies apply a one-size-fits-all standard to development and do not recognize the uniqueness of local area concerns. This is true for federal agencies such as the EPA or Dept. of Interior. The ACMP is a states' rights issue, giving the state authority to impose conditions on federal development, and giving local communities a voice against big government."

Political courage tests

2006

Seaton's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked his legislative priorities he replied:

  • 1. Education funding across the State is not equitable because the Geographic Cost Differential factors that have twice been identified and studied under legislative contract have not been incorporated into the school Foundation Formula.
  • 2. We must find a mechanism to fairly fund the debt of the State run PERS/TRS System. The current method of only raising employer contribution rates is unsustainable if services are not going to be drastically curtailed.
  • 3. Municipal revenue sharing or Community Dividends are a necessity if we wish to have sustainable communities. However, we need to establish an automatic and sustainable revenue stream or the State will cut this vital program first in time of fiscal constraint.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Seaton ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 30. He defeated Jon Faulkner in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6] Seaton won re-election in the general election.[7]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Seaton Incumbent 71.8% 6,287
     Democratic Elizabeth R. Diament 27.5% 2,413
Total Votes 8,762
Alaska House of Representatives, District 30 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Seaton Incumbent 54.8% 2,044
Jon Faulkner 45.2% 1,686
Total Votes 3,730

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Seaton won re-election to the 35th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 24 primary election or the November 2 general election.[8][9]

2008

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Seaton was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 35. Seaton (R) finished with 5,827 votes while his opponent Philip Alderfer (D) finished with 2,886 votes.[10] Seaton raised $36,162 for his campaign fund.[11]

Alaska House of Representatives District 35
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Paul Seaton (R) 5,827
Philip Alderfer (D) 2,886

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Seaton is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Seaton raised a total of $171,085 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 2, 2013.[12]

Paul Seaton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 30 Won $30,509
2010 Alaska State House, District 35 Won $17,270
2008 Alaska State House, District 35 Won $36,162
2006 Alaska State House, District 35 Won $38,610
2004 Alaska State House, District 35 Won $5,271
2002 Alaska State House, District 35 Won $43,263
Grand Total Raised $171,085

2012

Seaton won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Seaton raised a total of $30,509.

2010

Seaton won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Seaton raised a total of $17,270.

2008

Seaton won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Seaton raised a total of $36,162.

2006

Seaton won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Seaton raised a total of $38,610.

2004

Seaton won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Seaton raised a total of $55,271.

2002

Seaton won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Seaton raised a total of $43,263.

Personal

Seaton and his wife, Tina, have two children.

He is a member of a number of organizations, including the National Education Association, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Homer Little League Board, National Research Council Board - Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 30
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 35
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Alan Austerman (R)