Sam Cason. A Voice for Our Future
A lifelong Alaskan, Sam is well qualified with the education, experience, and resolve to represent the voters of West Anchorage. As a father, coach, public interest attorney, and small businessman, he reflects the Alaskan values that he grew up with. In his view, hard work, independent thinking, and keeping our noses out of each other's personal lives is not a bad place to start. His frustration with the broken partisan atmosphere convinced him that if he wasn't willing to become part of the solution, he might be part of the problem. If you support sending a senator to Juneau who will consider competing perspectives, weigh all available information and then make common sense choices to implement sustainable solutions, we need you; make your voice heard! Speak up, get out and vote - and join us in supporting Sam for Senate.
Who Sam is . . .
Sam is a lifelong Alaskan, born in Homer in 1960. In 1957 his parents drove up the AlCan in a two-door Ford Coupe with two young boys and a big dog wedged together the back seat. Most of their worldly possessions were piled up on the single axle trailer they towed behind them. Driving on two lane roads all the way from New Mexico, via Arkansas, they migrated all the way to the end of the road to teach in the Homer Territorial schools. Statehood came along a couple of years later, with Sam following right behind.
Sam is married to Jackie, who is a professor in the English Department at UAA. Together they have three wonderful sons, Drew, Wiley and Everett. It’s easy to get Sam to talk-just ask about his kids. With this campaign, Sam is happy to fulfill a boyhood ambition to seek elected office. He remembers the excitement of Alaska politics when he was growing up and misses the days when politics was (almost) respectable - when politicians at least aspired to dignity and gave lip service to ethical behaviour.
He has been fascinated by the purpose and process of government since he was himself a school kid. He was Sr. Class president and got the highest score on the “Know Your State’s Government” test, winning a trip to Juneau to meet Governor Hammond. Unfortunately they announced the winner while he was in Hawaii visiting his brother and rather than cut short spring break he had to wait more than 20 years to introduce himself and two older sons to Governor Hammond in the checkout line at Alaska Mill and Feed.
As a young man, Sam worked his way through college as deckhand on fishing boats, as a carpenter on both residential and commercial construction, as a bartender, and several other real world experience type jobs. He even had a few brushes with celebrity, like the time he delivered a case of beer to Willie Nelson’s tour bus.
Sam graduated from University of Arkansas School of Law in 1991; his second son was born just a month after his last set of finals. Two weeks later he sat for and passed the Arkansas Bar exam. He was glad of having the practice - when he sat for the Alaska Bar Exam the next February he passed. As a new lawyer returning to Alaska, he first went to work at an Insurance defense firm. After six years he struck out on his own and ran a solo practice for eight years. Through his work on the Chugach Electric Board of Directors, he became interested in utility regulation and went to work as an Assistant Attorney General for Public Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs, spending ten years representing the Public’s Interest in dozens of matters before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
Sam has been an enthusiastic parent and soccer coach, ski coach, and parent volunteer. A believer in community involvement, over the past twenty five years, he has variously served as President of the Anchorage Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Director on the Board of Chugach Electric Association, Director on Board of the Anchorage Jr. Nordic League, Treasurer of the Denali Elementary PTA and President of Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Board of Directors.
Smart, fast, strong, handsome, generous, kind, and above all humble. After a lifetime of accumulating cheesy little certificates and awards the one he is proudest of cites him for “Leadership with humor and compassion.”