Barrette, 44, is waiting to be confirmed to the board and he has been criticized for his pro-hunter voting record. He seems to view hunting in Biblical rather than recreational terms:
…it specifically puts out in the first book of the bible, in Genesis, that we should, uh, subdue nature and control it. We should be the managers of the animals and through the…the sin of Adam and Eve is what brought it on, and, uh, in fact, the first, uh…the first clothes that were made for Adam and Eve were skins of animals…by God.”
Some critics have raised conflicts of interest in his voting given his business interests, here.
Barrette owns a tannery business in Fairbanks.