Geoffry Wildridge sits in first meeting as assembly member

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska For the newest assembly member Geoffry Wildridge, his appreciation for borough services and listening to public testimony at the mayor's town hall, inspired him to run for office.

For the newest assembly member Geoffry Wildridge, his appreciation for borough services and listening to public testimony at the mayor's town hall, inspired him to run for office.

"I felt like this might be a good time to jump in, and try to do what I can to sort of help the borough through this process, that may be enormously presumptuous on my part, I don't know how much I can do, but I'm going to do the best I can," said Wildridge.

Wildridge hopes he can help preserve borough services.

"Basically I'm not a proponent of 'big government' but I am a proponent of government, and I don't think it's the enemy of the people, by a long shot. My involvement at this point is going to pertain to practical choices, and not anything that's driven by any ideological purity or anything like that, so I'm going to be looking for practical solutions to maintain borough services," said Wildridge.

Wildridge sat in seat E for the first time on Thursday night and said he still has a lot to learn.

"Well it reminded me of how little I know and how much I have to learn actually so that was my take away from that meeting last night. Some pretty interesting issues, especially with the Interior Gas Utility, but I have a lot to learn clearly, been on the job now for three days, but it was good to be there and sort of see how the process worked," said Wildridge.

His appointment in seat E is until the election in October and Wildridge says he does plan to run to retain the seat.