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Letter from Alaska District31ALERT

Dear Fellow Republican,              

My name is Peter Zuyus and I am sending you this email as a member of Alaska Republican District 31. 

You may know me from my advocacy on behalf of Senior citizens of the State and the KPB. Two mutual friends Nona Safra, Chair of District 31 and Jon Faulkner, Vice-Chair ARP, have encouraged me to become involved with our District.

      In our ongoing effort to “UNSEAT SEATON”, we are running a series of digital ads (see attached) highlighting that Paul Seaton is leading the charge to steal your dividend. 

              PLEASE! WE NEED TO RAISE FUNDS for this month-long ad run. If each person on this list donates $10, we will do it!  All funds raised will go 100% to this campaign.

Mail check to:  ARP-D31   C/O Nona Safra, PO Box 1322, Anchor Point, Ak , 99556


 On Line DONATION Simply click: alaska-gop/d31

     Be sure to include district31ALERT@yahoo. com on your list of accepted emails, as we want you to receive important communications in the future.

Thank you very much!

Peter Zuyus


A Review of Open Letter

Good bye Mr. Seaton

Alaska District 31 Republicans have increased the pressure on Paul Seaton to leave the Republican party. A strong letter to Lower Peninsula Republicans was sent to voters and released to the media, joining the Alaskan Republican Party in its demand that Paul Seaton change his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

Titled “Open Letter to the Lower Peninsula Community” . The letter was sent by Nona Safra and the District 31 Board and endorsed by Party Vice Chair, Jon Faulkner

Let’s take a peek into that letter.

The good news for District 31 is that they took the approach to highlight the Seaton record, based on facts versus political rhetoric or personal animous. There are few in their district or the state that deny Paul Seaton has turned his loyalty to the Democratic party. The letter highlights where Seaton abandoned the Republican Party and joined with Democrats in Juneau. In the area of legislation, he voted the Democratic line.

This letter from District 31 drops the gauntlet, Mr. Seaton you are not one of us.

In general, the letter explains Seatons votes or proposals to increase senior citizen taxes , his favor of seizing the PFD, his plan to create a State income tax and his support for a State sales tax. Amongst other legislative positions.

How Seaton can justify remaining a Republican is a mystery. If the Republican party has anything to say about it: mystery solved he is not a Republican.

The Alaskan Republican Party insists that it be represented by Republicans, it is not a novel idea.

Perhaps Paul Seaton can lift his head from feeding at the Democratic $$ trough long enough to listen , change parties and go back to the trough. He receives less than 8% of his contributions from Republicans, most his support is from Democrats and Democrat PACs.

Four Points::

For District 31: Paul Seaton, Republicans do not want you.

For Paul Seaton: Say good bye and “move on” (your true party slogan)

For Democratic Party: Paul Seaton has joined you in the house, will you accept him as a party member?

For Republican Party: Paul Seaton = delete.

Stay tuned folks, it will be interesting and exciting. There is nothing like a good political contest on the Southern Peninsula.

A letter from Republican District 31

Open Letter to the Lower Peninsula Community

To our fellow Citizens and Friends:

District 31 Republicans respect open dialogue and the sharing of opposing views in a constructive format. We believe in holding our elected representatives accountable for what they do and how they represent the people.

That’s why the Alaska Republican Party has taken the unprecedented step of sending the attached letter to Representative Paul Seaton denying him access to our primary ballot as a Republican in this years Legislative election. We feel it is critical to communicate our concerns to the community directly so people understand why this step has been taken and explain how this action will improve our democratic process.

We believe that presenting our position in a clearly articulated open forum removes any cloud of secrecy or hidden motives that might cause resentment. In an effort to enlighten the community on the specific issues and legislation that demonstrate how Paul Seaton has turned his back on area Republicans, we have included his positions and voting record on Page three.

The Alaskan Republican Party and local District 31 have the legal authoritybacked by precedentto prevent Seaton from running as a Republican. Political parties are associations of like-minded individuals with broad constitutional protections to define their terms of association. While ARP continues to welcome all people of every race and cultural background who share our values, we are unwilling to let the government force us to accept our rivals’ abuse of our name and our Republican Party label in the upcoming primary election. As much as Paul Seaton may insist that he is not our adversary, his actions prove otherwise. Republican leadership and caucuses are united in their position: Paul Seaton cannot appear on the ballot as a Republican.

The views expressed here are not those of every Republican, but they do speak for the majority and are the result of leadership votes at every level. Paul Seatons actions diverge completely from Republican priorities. His voting record, summarized on the following pages, constitutes such a clear break from his professed party affiliation and its objectives, that we regard him as destructive to our party.

Finally, we acknowledge that this is a big step and it has not been taken lightly. It is a necessary step to preserve our integrity and purpose as a party. This is a grass-roots effort, not orchestrated by outside activists, party bosses or big oil, as some will suggest. Republicans in District 31 are speaking up. We are the voice behind this initiative and for too long our voices have been silenced by a person pretending to support Republican priorities.

Representative Seaton is not being denied his right to free speech or free association. He switched his allegiance and association voluntarily and decided to associate with the Democratic party. The Democratic party is where his true allegiance resides and where his opinions are welcomed and rewarded. Paul Seaton has “made his nest”.

This step by ARP has already strengthened democracy and the election process by encouraging other Republican candidates to step forward to seek the endorsement of our party, potentially resulting in several choices to represent our party in the General election. This is precisely what primaries are intended to do. Yet, for too long Mr. Seaton has used our party label to advance his own personal interests, not those of our party.

Mr. Seaton is welcome to run for office as a Democrat. If he is honest and true to his principles, he should do exactly that. In any event, Seaton has no right to complain about why he cannot be what he is not, a Republican”

Thank you,

District 31 Republican Officers

Nona Safra, Chair

Michael Fell, Vice Chair

Julie Wasser, Secretary

Kathy Wallace, Assistant Secretary

Eileen Becker, Treasurer

Paul Seatons Voting Record

Seaton, as Finance Co-Chair, plays “hide and seek” with the budget and government spending. His recent explanation of a $200 million “oops” in a supplemental appropriation is an example of dodging accountability.

Seaton has presided over the most contentious, partisan, do-nothing session in our history. His defection to the Democrats placed his individual interests (desire for power and status) ahead of the people and led directly to our current impasse on necessary budget reductions.

Seaton has presided over two budgets that have taken half your dividend and cut ZERO from the combined operating budgetat a time when we clearly need reductions in spending

Alaska’s government spending is the highest per-capita in the nation, by a huge margin, and yet Seaton believes we have nowhere left to cut.

Seaton supports the Governor’s fuel tax, his payroll tax, and removal of property tax exemptions for seniors, all of which drain capital from our private sector.

Seaton supports reneging on promised tax credits–admittedly generous, but which were promised.

Seaton favors taking more of your dividend through creative re-structuring and POMVlower payouts that do nothing to protect the Permanent Fund.

Seaton led the effort to expand Medicaid, with hidden costs and no controlsa decision that is breaking the back of working Alaskans.

Seaton consistently disregards the needs and health of the private sector.

Seaton rates among the lowest in the Legislature every year in terms of Supportive of Alaska Business. Seaton voted for looser sentencing and drug laws, leading to our present crime wave and drug epidemic.

Paul Seatons Voting Record


Seatons District has the second highest unemployment rate in the State. After a decade in the Legislature, nothing has changed. His record in support of jobs and economic opportunity reflects ZERO concern for private sector.

For example: he supports HB142 that RAISES unemployment insurance on businesses to fund more unemployment benefits that his policies (or lack thereof) has created!

Seaton consistently fails to support reforms to existing wage and hour laws that kill employment and entrepreneurship in Alaska.

Seaton rejects reasonable repairs to our workers compensation system.

Every year, Seaton leads the charge to increase oil taxes, already the highest in the free-market world. He thinks higher taxes creates more revenue.

Seaton has introduced bills to increase mining tax and gravel extraction tax. His sponsorship of bills on mixing zones were so burdensome that our own shore-based treatment plants and ferry system would not comply.

Seaton refused to allow any Republican amendments last session that sought even minor reductions to the budget onto the floor for a vote. His representations that the total operating budget was cut in 2017 (i.e. without capital spending and reductions to dividend) is unsupported by facts.

Seaton, for over a decade, has continuously voted against building strong families, against parental rights, against protections for private property rights, and for increased regulation and Federal Government oversight (Prop 2, Law of the Seas Treaty).

Seaton wastes inordinate amounts of public time on the issue of Vitamin D, spending an entire finance meeting during a special session arguing how Vitamin D can save Alaska $250 million.

Time for Seniors to get involved

A Day at the Republican District 31 Convention

(AKA The Paul Seaton Retirement Party)

By: Peter T. Zuyus

The following is a true story, No names have been changed and Everyone is innocent:

I had the pleasure to attend the District 31 Republican Convention on Saturday the 3rd of Feb. The event was limited to registered Republicans, so yes, I admit to passing that test. This is the first District event I have attended, so I did not know what to expect.

The Republican District 31 has been in the background and a bit quiet for a number of years. From what I witnessed, that is all about to change, in a big way.

It was strictly a no recording device, phones off day so my comments are from old fashioned notes.

The welcome remarks by Nona Safra set the tone for the day, positive and energizing. Followed by a the pledge of allegiance (all hats were off and no one kneeled) then an uplifting invocation by Pastor Julie Wasser.

Ivan Encelewski, Director of the Ninilchik Tribal Council spoke of the tribal contribution to the economy, health and community involvement on the Kenai Peninsula. How Ninilchik tribal activities benefit both native and non-native borough residents. He outlined the on going programs of the Ninilchik Council and the Council support for much of the Republican Party platform and agenda.

Local political speakers included Jon Faulkner Alaska Republican State Party Vice-chair; Neal Duperron, Dist 30 Chair; and Nona Safra, District 31 Chair

Jon spoke about what it means for him to be a Republican. He started by saying the quote for the season is, “Paul Seaton cannot run as a Republican in the state Primary”. For this audience, his speech was very inspiring and well received. Neal Duperron took the floor and in his no holds barred style: told everyone get busy, get active and elect a Republican to District 31.

The attendance was one of the largest ever for the district and the enthusiasm much greater than I expected. Two distinguished state office seekers were present and spoke to the group. Gubernatorial candidate Scott Hawkins dropped in for a few moments, to out line his qualifications and plans for the state fiscal plan.

Ms. Edie Grunwald, candidate for Lt. Governor and retired Air Force Colonel stayed for the whole day. In a short , but engaging presentation she emphasized her background and qualifications for Lt. Governor, later being overheard saying “I was an Air Force Colonel and am now asking you to promote me to Lt. Governor”. Her stance to fight crime and drug abuse in the state was well received. Vibrant and personable, it appears her time spent visiting with local residents earned her considerable respect and local support.

After the state candidate presentations district business carried on. Committees were formed to submit local change recommendations to the state Republican Party Platform.

A wonderful silent auction and a few words from candidates and potential candidates for the District 31 Republican house seat. As Nona Safra eloquently put it “the Republican house seat currently is held by Democrat Paul Seaton, that must change” to loud applause.

John Cox of Anchor Point who has filed to run for the seat, gave an emotional and fiery talk on why he filed to run against Paul Seaton. Outlining his military background and area businessman credentials. A little later, Ms. Sarah Vance from Homer gave a well received look at her intent to run for the District 31 seat. She spoke of the need to bring District 31 back to the Republican party and the core values that Seaton has turned his back on. We can probably expect to hear more from her in the near future.

Conversations overheard indicate that the words of Cox and Vance inspired others to consider entering the race. Who is next?

In general, I have the impression that Republican District 31 is invigorated, going to be vocal, be heard and work hard to elect a Republican to the house. Members have no qualms saying it will not be Democrat Paul Seaton.

During the day, Nona Safra was unanimously elected as Chair of District 31. The attendees were looking forward to her leadership of the District 31 Republican Party.

All in all, it was a fun and educational experience. If District leaders follow through on their commitments, I think we will all be hearing a lot more from KPB Republican District 31.

This is not an endorsement: It is the way it was !!!