Meet Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough’s new mayor

Vern Halter
Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough mayor

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest.

He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota. He’s been an Alaskan since 1977. He labored for a decade as a public defender and for 30 years has maintained a small business with his wife and veterinarian Susan Whiton, Dream a Dream Iditarod Kennel in the Valley. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. He expressly champions the rural way of life.

Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions:
•    Why did he run?
•    What issues will he tackle?
•    Which issues will tackle him?
•    How will Mat-Su manage its tremendous growth in a declining oil-economy?
•    What’s happening with the ferry?
•    In tough times, what core values will pull people through?
•    And importantly, will he still have time for his dogs?

Join us with your questions and observations.

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HOST: Kathleen McCoy

GUESTS:

  • Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough mayor
  • Patty Sullivan, former print and radio reporter, borough director of public affairs
  • You, our listeners

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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

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