Who is Scott Kawasaki?
Born in 1975 , Scott, along side his sister Sonja, was raised in Fairbanks for nearly his entire life. After graduating from Lathrop High School, Scott attended UAF where he achieved a degree in Biomedical Sciences.
In 1999 at age 24 Scott Kawasaki became the youngest member ever to sit on the Fairbanks City Council and has served in the Alaska State House of Representatives for 8 years and in the State Senate for the past 4 years. An avid fisherman, when he's not visiting with neighbors or busy at his office, Scott takes every chance he can get to go out and enjoy Alaska's great wilderness.
He's just an everyday, hardworking guy who cares about his community and the people within it.
The Big Five
Though there are many things that Scott's passionate about, five issues have taken priority in-light of last year's legislative session
Local Tax Relief
Scott has consistently fought to lower property taxes for Fairbanksans. This year Scott passed an amendment to save homeowners hundreds of dollars on property taxes, and he secured millions of dollars in revenue sharing to lower local taxes.
Jobs for Military Families
Scott is a champion for Alaska's military families and veterans as a member of the Armed Services Committee.. Last year he passed a bill to make it easier for military spouses to get the occupational licenses needed to work in their fields. He supports the mental wellbeing of our armed forces and is honored to work hard for them in Juneau.
Prioritizing Public Safety
Since Scott was elected to the senate, crime has been on the decline. Alaskans deserve to feel safe in their homes and on the streets and Scott has increased the amount of public safety officers. Scott will continue to work hard to secure essential funding to public safety throughout the state.
Protecting the Permanent Fund
This year Scott secured the largest PFD since 2008. Cutting the PFD hurts all Alaskans, hitting hardest those who need it most. Scott has voted for inflation proofing of the permanent fund and has fought adamantly for the PFD to be preserved for future generations.
Putting our people first
Alaskans should expect good education, from Pre-K to UA, and a vibrant economy where everyone can live and raise a family. As an alumni of both UAF and Lathrop High, Scott knows the value of a quality public education and our University System. Providing this for the people of Alaska has been and remains one of Scott's foremost priorities.