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Jerry J. Ward Edit Profile

politician , member of the State Senate of Alaska

Jerry Ward, American state legislator, real estate executive. Decorated Vietnam Service medal. Past member Municipal Health Commission; commissioner Municipal Transportation, Municipal Veterinary Affairs; rural affairs coordinator Department Corrections; legislation aide. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion.

Background

Ward, Jerry was born on July 19, 1948 in Anchorage.

Education

Kent State University (Bachelor of Arts). University of Akron (Juris Doctor).

Career

An Alaska Native born in Anchorage, Alaska, Ward served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was in the Navy Seabees. Ward was in the real estate business. Political In 1982, Ward was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives as a Republican, serving in 1983-84.

In 1998, running again for statewide office, he joined now-Republican Lindauer as his lieutenant governor candidate. Thanks in part to a campaign financing scandal, their ticket finished far behind incumbent Governor Knowles and third behind a write-in candidate, state senator Robin L. Taylor. He lost again in 2004 to Wagoner, by then a Republican.

In 2006, Ward ran once more for Lt. Governor in the Republican primary, but was defeated by Sean Parnell. While in the state senate, Ward was heavily involved in repeated, unsuccessful attempts to build a for-profit prison in Alaska.

Those schemes eventually resulted in federal criminal prosecutions of executives and legislators. Although Ward was still under investigation as of 2009, he was never charged.

Achievements

  • In 1990, he won the Alaska Independence Party primary for Lt. Governor. However, he and his running mate, gubernatorial candidate John Howard Lindauer, stepped aside in favor of former Governor Walter Hickel, and the defecting Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, state Senator Jack Coghill, who won the general election over ex-Anchorage Mayor, Democrat Tony Knowles and state Senator Willie Hensley, with Republican state Senator Arliss Sturgulewski finishing third. In 1996 and 2000 he won elections to the Alaska State Senate.

Membership

Past member Municipal Health Commission. Commissioner Municipal Transportation, Municipal Veterinary Affairs. Rural affairs coordinator Department Corrections.

Legislation aide. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Fishing, hunting, boating.

Connections

Married Margaret Ward. Children: Katheleen Bloodgood, Kirsten Deacon, Jeri Annual.

spouse:
Margaret Ward

children:
Katheleen Bloodgood Ward

Kirsten Deacon Ward

Jeri Annual Ward