This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
Alaska has three branches of state government: Executive, headed by Gov. Sean Parnell; legislative headed by Senate President Gary Stevens and House Speaker Mike Chenault, and judicial, headed by Chief Justice Walter Carpenetti, who is one of five members of the Alaska Supreme Court.
That tells you how important to Alaska and Alaskans selecting another Supreme Court Justice is. There are only five. History shows that most members take a turn as the chief justice.