Josie Bahnke will lead Alaska’s Division of Elections after Lt. Governor Byron Mallot asked for the resignation of current Elections head Gail Fenumiai.
In Kivalina, Interior Secretary Jewell Hears “Real Stories” from Community Living with Climate Change
Jewell was in Kivalina Monday to hear what residents say are their concerns as erosion linked to climate change and rising sea levels threatens their way of life—and the very island the community is built upon.
The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
Foster looks to his seat on the Transportation committee and his ties to the House majority; Olson won’t be caucusing with the Senator Majority, but will keep key seat on Finance committee.
Concessions from opponents over the past few days means Bill Walker will take the governor’s job, while Dan Sullivan will take one of Alaska’s Senate seats in Washington.
Voters in western Alaska bucked state trends in some races, but gave more decisive returns in others.
Polls across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and while results are still unofficial the big winners appear to be Walker, Sullivan and marijuana.
Voters will decide on state lawmakers, governor, a U.S. Senator, Alaska’s only U.S. House rep, and on three ballot initiatives ranging from marijuana to minimum wage.
As AFN endorses candidates in the Governor and Senate races, Bering Straits Native Corporation follows suit, with an additional endorsement for Don Young.
Walker will run as governor, Mallott as lieutenant governor on the “Alaska First Unity Ticket.”