Bachelor, Harvard University, 1966; Master of Science in Economics, London School Economics, 1967; Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of Chicago, 1973.
Members Stein, Stambaugh and Palin traded notes on their plans at a step-aerobics class they took together. Stein served as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska from 1987 to 1996. He later characterized the issues of abortion, gun control and church/state as being outside the scope of non-partisan local government, and stated that he had been surprised at their appearance as campaign issues in the 1996 election.
During his tenure the city of 5,000 was characterized by highway strip development.
Stein helped protect Wasilla residential neighborhoods and recreational lakes by initiating an exhaustive public process that lead to the strengthening of local zoning ordinances, along with the surrounding Mat-Su Valley towns of Palmer, Big Lake, Willow, Houston, and Talkeetna. In 1996, Sarah Palin ran against Stein for the post of mayor as the Republican Party candidate.
Irl Stambaugh, who had become Chief of Police for Wasilla, supported Stein in the campaign. Palin campaigned against Stein"s policies related to funding public works.
Stein"s experience was a factual basis for his campaign.
His opponent took a different, less objective route in portraying Stein"s policy and character during the election. Stein was ironically, considering his previous associations with Palin, categorized as part of an "old boy network". His opponent was categorized as "Wasilla"s first Christian mayor" by a local television station.
Stein felt compelled to reply, listing the previous eight Christian mayors, and clarifying that he was in fact Lutheran, despite his Jewish-sounding name.
"I"m proud of such a reputation but I, my family and forbearers are of the Christian persuasion". The validity of Stein"s marriage was publicly challenged by local activists Steve Stoll and Mark Chryson, says Stein.
His attempts to prove himself by producing a marriage certificate were berated. "They said, "Well, you could have forged that"".
In 2008, Stein reflected back upon Palin"s political allies in the 1996 race, calling them her "liquor cabinet", and noting the prevalence of Wasilla"s religious conservatives among them.
Stein currently resides in Sitka, Alaska, retiring in 2010. He ran for and lost the mayoral election by two votes in October 2010.
Trustee Santa Monica Waldorf School, since 1978. Member Anthroposophical Society.