My name is ᐱᒼᐸᐦᑕᐃᐧᐣ pimpahtawin ᒪᐦᑫᓰᐢ mahkesîs, or Running Fox. Most call me J.R., after my great-grandfather, John Richard Price. I am Metis Cree on my paternal grandfather's side of the family.
Descended from the Adams and LaFountaines, of the Red River Metis Settlement, and their subsequent dislocations and relocations before and during the North-West (Riel) Rebellion of 1885 in Canada, and later in Montana.
My grandfather always said we were the Landless Indians. The Landless Cree. It was a challenging family history to be sure. There was a time when I was younger that 14 of us lived in a little upstairs apartment in Great Falls, Montana. It has been quite the journey since then. I went on to become the first of my generation to graduate high school and go onto college. I have earned my Bachelor of Liberal Arts, as well as my Master of Human Services and another Master of Professional Counseling. That being said, I am descended from many different people, from many different nations, making me first and foremost an American. As grandmother would say, "We're a Heinz 57."
Well, I think that's what drew my grandfather to homestead outside of Fairbanks in the Great Land, after his military duty in Alaska during WWII. (BTW-That was a time when Russia was considered our ally...) Since then, my family has always had strong ties to Alaska. My grandmother said, "Alaska was always good to me." Alaska, an ancient homeland for so many, and a new frontier full of opportunity for so many others. That dynamic is still playing out, and I am part of it.
My father spent some of his childhood on the family homestead too, outside what is now North Pole. (Of course, we all know there's no REAL Santa there!) They used working dog sleds. Once grandmother fell off the dogsled on the way to town. Of course, the dogs kept going! She was left out there pregnant and alone. Very dangerous with cold and the all too real wolves! She made it though! They were tough. They had to be. They dug a hole in the permafrost for their refrigerator, and of course they had an outhouse. Well separated of course. It was real frontier life!
Fast forward, most of my family is in Anchorage during the Great Quake of 1964. I grew up hearing the terrible tales of the devastation to Anchorage, and witnessed its hopeful recovery to become the hub it is today. I spoke my first word in Anchorage, "Peppermint!" I havent stopped talking since.
Then, back and forth to Montana over the years, I was often reminded by family and friends about the many wonders of Alaska, especially the generous and kindhearted people. It was a time when neighbors really had each others' backs. It's still that way in some places out there.
I remember, I long kept a little box with fur scraps from various Alaskan animals, such as the Polar Bear, Black Bear various Seals, and yes, even Fox. My mother had a carved ivory Billican, and a carved miniature Seal I would often play with. I still have my specially made Mukluks that I wore in the 60's, as a young child in Anchorage. The Mukluks have a pungent smell that still brings back remembrances.
In 2003, I decided to return to Alaska to serve the people as a counselor. I immediately purchased land, and have owned property in Alaska since then. My cabin is on a couple acres of land outside of Soldotna.
I have worked with people from Anchorage to Homer, Juneau, Sitka, Bethel, Fairbanks, Nikolaevsk, Anchor Point, Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Ninilchik, Kasilof, Haines, Klukwan and many points in between. I have worked with people across the political spectrum. I have benefitted in many ways from the great bounty of the Great Land. I have witnessed great changes. I have also seen great lost opportunities. I have watched as Alaskans are repeatedly lied to and betrayed over and over again by a self-serving political class. Yet, the promise of Alaska remains to be fulfilled. It is still truly a Great Land, with Great People and Great Potential!
I met Alaskan Representative Don Young in his Office in Washington, D.C. a few years ago. He personally hosted me on a visit there with his fiance Anne by his side. I remember that Don was gracious, and proud of his role as Alaska's sole Representative. Maybe it should have been 'soul' representative. His office was chok full of Alaskan memorabilia and artifacts. I remember him telling me when I arrived, "You look like somebody I should know!", as he reached out to shake my hand. I had a great picture taken with Don before I left. That's the kind of welcoming, authentic and bold representation Alaskans deserve to have continued on the national stage and in the House in Washington, D.C.
Alaskans deserve a sincere Representative of ALL of the People! That is why I have decided, in addition to my run in the Special House election, to also declare my candidacy for the regular U.S. House Election to be held on August 16 & November 8 of this year. I humbly ask for the support of ALL Alaskans in this election. I hope to see you on the campaign trail! Let's keep Our Great Land Great Together!
In Life & Liberty,
While it is exciting to participate in an historic Alaskan election, regardless of the outcome, much work lies before us.
We need accountable servant leadership in government.
We need free, equal and fair elections.
We need to insist upon constitutionally based civil governance, due process and the rule of law.
I will continue to affirm all innocent life from conception to natural death.
We will continue our defense of the Second Amendment.
We will oppose presumptive Red Flag laws.
We must remove ourselves from entangling alliances.
We must end illegal and undeclared wars!
We will end the school to prison pipeline!
We must end the Criminal Justice/Military/Industrial complex!
We must end the militarization of the police!
We must and will end the criminalization of our populace!
Thankfully, the War On Drugs and Marijuana prohibition are clearly ending, we will make sure it does.
We must continue to resist an Imperial Presidency and decentralize power to the people, localities and states. We must end dictates by Executive Order. No one is above the law. Everyone must be held equally accountable for their actions.
We must implement a Universal Debt Jubilee as the only real antidote to the menacing multi-trillion dollar national debt tsunami.
Congress and the States shall exercise their prerogatives.
We must develop our economy through continued technological innovation and fair trade deals. We will continue to promote domestic Rare Earth Element mining and refining, Hemp production and other sustainable alternatives, including energy diversification. We will prosper by being responsible stewards of our planet and diligent conservationists of our resources.
Healthy elections begin and end with healthy campaigns. Proper voter registration, ballot access liberalization, balloting, vote counting, permanent records, ethical campaign finance reform, unbiased coverage and debate inclusion of all ballot qualified candidates are essential.
Together, as we move forward, we will continue to promote the ideals of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for all.
AK Professional Counseling License 2006-present
AK Certified LPC Supervisor, 2010-present
AK Chemical Dependency Counselor 1, 2010-present
Founder & Chairman of the Alaskan Constitution Party in 2010. The ACP is now part of the Life & Liberty Caucus of the LP.
ACP Alaska Gubernatorial Candidate 2014
Alaskan Independence Party, Vice Chairman 2008-10
2017 ANTHC BH Review Committee
2013-2015 Alaska Counseling Association, Chairman & Vice Chair 2007-9 & 2012-2013
2012-13 Haines Borough Fire Service Area #1 Board
2010-11 Kenai Peninsula Borough Central Emergency Services Board
2010 Kenai/Soldotna Mental Health Task Force, Chairman
2007-2011 Kenai Peninsula Counseling Association, Chairman
Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Behavioral Health Consultant 2015-2017
Lynn Canal Counseling, Clinician III 2013-2014
SEARHC, Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor 2011-2013
Central Peninsula Counseling Services, Lead Emergency Services Clinician/Homestead Team Care Coordinator/Outpatient Therapist 2004-2011
South Peninsula Behavioral Health, School Based Clinician and Team Leader 2003-2004