Today the Yes on 1 campaign announced endorsements from 40 current and retired business owners across Alaska.

“Ballot Measure 1 is critical to saving Alaska jobs and our economic recovery,” said outreach director Alice Myers. “We are proud of the strong support we have received from Alaska’s small business community.”

“The cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway are hurting businesses and communities across Alaska. We need to pass Ballot Measure 1 to raise the revenue we need to restore ferry service,” said certified financial planner Mary Lynne Dahl of Ward Cove.

“Our current oil production revenue system is great for Outside corporations, but it’s hurting Alaska’s small businesses,” said Tod Butler of Tuffy’s Painting in Anchorage. “We need to pass Ballot Measure 1 so we can keep more of our wealth in Alaska creating jobs for Alaskans.”

“We must have a more equitable share in our resources or become a ‘Frozen Banana Republic,’” and be accepting of our diminished life for our children and children’s children and ourselves,” said Pam Throop of Alaska Commercial Properties in Fairbanks. “We must regain our fair share now to rebuild our economy and life as we once knew it. Don’t let this vote pass without weighing in on Alaska’s future. Vote “Yes on One”.


  • Pam Throop, Alaska Commercial Properties, Fairbanks
  • Charles Bettisworth, retired business owner, Fairbanks
  • Sean McGuire, small business owner, Fairbanks
  • Mike Craft, small business owner, Fairbanks
  • Evan and Kylie Eads, The Alaska Gift Company LLC, Fairbanks
  • Garry Utermohle, Graphic Designs, Fairbanks
  • Sharon Alden, small business owner, Fairbanks
  • Joe Paskvan, retired small business owner, Fairbanks
  • Sandy Jamieson, Bushcraft, Ester

Western Alaska

  • Orin Seybert, founder of PenAir
  • Eric Middlebrook, Southwestern Technical Specialties, Bethel
  • Vicki Malone, Old Mission House, Bethel
  • Chuck Degnan, commercial fisherman, Unalakleet
  • Evelyn Trefon, E&A Markets, Newhalen

Southeast Alaska

  • Mary Lynne Dahl, certified financial planner, Ward Cove
  • Peter Mooney, Laughing Raven Lodge, Port Alexander
  • Karl Ashenbrenner, Mr. Fix It, Juneau
  • James Dahl, Dahl Rentals, Ward Cove
  • Marc Wheeler, small business owner, Juneau

Southcentral Alaska

  • Tod Butler, Tuffy’s Painting, Anchorage
  • Lynne Steen, Steen’s Gifts, Cordova
  • Susan Harvey, Harvey Consulting, LLC, Eagle River
  • Mako Haggert, Mako’s Water Taxi, Homer
  • Ginger Baim, Creative Conflict, Palmer
  • Dru Sorenson, Sourdough Dru’s, Hope
  • Deborah Bonito, small business owner, Anchorage
  • Charles Treinen, Golden View Fisheries, Inc., Anchorage
  • Hal and Barbara Gazaway, Gazaway & Associates, Anchorage
  • Gail French, Movement Therapeutics, Anchorage
  • JoMarie Thomson, Crucible Designs, Anchorage
  • Michael Schneider, Michael J. Schneider, PC, Anchorage
  • Cindy Berger, small business owner, Anchorage
  • James Dryden, Dryden Instrumentation, Anchorage
  • April Hamels, Numerous Accounting, Anchorage
  • Eileen Bechtol, Bechtol Planning & Development, Homer
  • Paul Seaton, KNS Marine, Homer
  • Connie Fredenberg, Utility Management Assistance, Palmer
  • Mark Lutz, Mark Lutz & Associates, Anchorage

For additional information contact campaign manager David Dunsmore at (907)278-8000 (headquarters) or (907)830-4288 (cell).