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MINDY O'NEALL

FNSB Assembly

Together, we can put our best foot forward for Fairbanks and our greater community. With your support, we can thrive! I am ready to work to ensure economic stability, quality of life, and a future for our community.

 
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ABOUT MINDY

Our community is home to a broad spectrum of voices and I believe a representative of the people must be open minded to progress, determined in vision and dedicated to the public process. I understand the values of our community to embrace diversity, transparency in government and quality of life. I am engaged in the community, committed to public service, and dedicated to the people of the borough.  I believe I have contributed to the forward growth and development of the Fairbanks North Star Borough that will have a lasting positive impact through my community service and first term on the Assembly.

I believe local government is the most impactful form of public policy and community development. I am passionate about the positive growth of this community, I have been actively involved in borough matters for over ten years.

I've been a business agent and organizer for a local union, fighting for our local residents' right to earn a livable wage and enjoy a quality of life. I've worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as the first employee of the Interior Gas Utility. Today, I am the Executive Director of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a non-profit advancing building techniques for cold climates. 

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve this community in all these capacities and as an Assembly member and presiding officer. I appreciate your vote of confidence in me. 

 
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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

FNSB Assembly, Seat C, Appointed July 2019 - current; elected Oct. 2019 - 2022

Presiding Officer 2020-2022

FNSB Climate Action Committee, Chair 2021- current

Alaska Municipal League Board member, 2021- current

Hutchison High School Construction Advisory Board Member, 2022 - current

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, 2021 - current

Fairbanks Economic Development Ex-Officio Board Member, 2021- current

Fabulous Feminist Fundraiser Planning Committee, 2017 - present


Fairbanks Central Labor Council, 2nd Vice President, 2018 - 2020

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Committee Member, 2018 - 2019

KUAC Public Radio Citizen's Advisory Committee, 2017 - 2020

Alaska Public Broadcasting Commissioner, Appointed July 2018 - Aug. 2019

Interior Democrats Regional Chair, Jan. 2018 - Aug. 2019 

FNSB Planning Commission, Appointed Jan. 2016 - July 2019
Chair, 2017 - July 2019

FMATS Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, 2017 - July 2019

LiUNA Leadership I, Graduate 2018

AFL-CIO Organizing Training Institute, Graduate 2018

FNSB Urban Agriculture Subcommittee Member, 2017 - 2018

Week of the Arctic Media Team Member, 2017

Public Relations Society of America, Alaska Chapter
2014 - 2017

Fairbanks Police Citizen's Academy, Graduate 2016

Arctic Science Summit Week Volunteer, 2016

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Banquet Planning Committee, 2016

FEDC Young Professional Council, 2012 - 2016

Calypso Farms Board of Directors, 2011 - 2014

Leadership Anchorage, 2009

 

WHERE I STAND

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LABOR

The Interior has a strong history as a union community. I believe in the right for anyone to organize, and am a champion for workers to prevail in wages, benefits and productivity that serves the worker’s interests first. Unions are about putting the power in the hands of the people - at work and in their community, and I am proud to be union.

THE ENVIRONMENT

As a municipal government, let's follow the lead of communities all over the world and recognize that the changes to our environment and our climate are woven into everything we do. From maintenance on buildings, potholes, food, new construction, waste reduction, energy and jobs, all government planning must consider the impacts of a rapidly changing climate to ensure the plans are relevant for future generations.

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COMMUNITY PLANNING & INFRASTRUCTURE

Investing in our infrastructure and a plan to develop the borough must reflect the character of the community. The FNSB would do well to focus community planning efforts to make the Interior more accessible in non-motorized ways: maintained sidewalks that encourage year-round pedestrian and cyclist activity, better connectivity between paths and trails, and more green space between vehicles and non-motorists.

EDUCATION

Public education is a mandated government function of our constitution that must be provided and paid for as a collective. The quality of education we provide is a statement of our values and our  dedication to the future. These values include curriculum that benefit students now and can be used as a foundation for greater learned skills. Evaluating the classroom and teaching techniques must be done continuously, and subject matters for our community must include relevance to Alaska subsistence and culture as well as job readiness.

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CONTACT

If you have a question, concern, would like to volunteer, donate, or would simply like to get in touch, please fill out  the information below. You can always personally email, call or text me too.

907-727-3887

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