Public Service...

When elected to the Mat-Su Borough Assembly in 2013, Jim asked tough questions and started the making the Borough more transparent. “We still need to provide more useful information to find forward-looking solutions that keep our Valley the best possible place to live.”

Jim's Public Life – Fighting Government and Building Community

  • Worked with neighbors in Chase fighting the Borough, State DNR and federal Alaska Railroad -- and we prevailed.
  • Helped organize the Chase Community Council. 
  • Chaired the Chase Citizens Community Advisory Committee that brought together homesteaders, miners, farmers, subdivision land owners, recreational cabin owners and others.
  • Produced a Borough-approved comprehensive plan with respect and community cooperation.
  • Brought many different people together to build Talkeetna's community radio station.

Served as:

  • President of the Lazy Mountain Community Council
  • Chair of the Mat-Su Borough Ethics Board
  • Member of Alaska Energy Authority Railbelt Energy Advisory Board for 50 year energy plan
  • Currently serving on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly

 I grew up in a town of 250 people and I love working with people and all the unique communities from South Knik River to Lake Louise."  --Jim Sykes