Legislature news in brief

JUNEAU — Democrats in southeast Alaska are taking applications for the House seat being vacated by Beth Kerttula.

Kerttula plans to resign effective Friday for a fellowship at Stanford University.

The Tongass Democrats, in a release, say interested individuals have until Monday to submit cover letters and resumes. A committee will review prospective candidates and send Gov. Sean Parnell a list of three finalists no later than Feb. 4.

The Democratic group says Kerttula’s successor must reside within the boundaries of her current district, which includes Juneau, Skagway, Gustavus, Tenakee Springs and Petersburg.

The governor must appoint a qualified replacement within 30 days of a vacancy. The appointee must belong to the same political party as the predecessor and, in this case, is subject to confirmation by a majority of House Democrats.

 

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