Sam Kito III named to replace Rep. Beth Kerttula for House District 32

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell named Sam Kito III Friday to replace former Juneau Democratic Rep. Beth Kerttula for House District 32.


Kito’s appointment is pending a confirmation from a majority of the House Democrats who are planning to meet on the issue Monday evening, said Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, and the minority leader.

Kito was one of three finalists Tongass Democrats forwarded to Parnell. Interviews of the finalists took place Thursday.

Kito said he hopes to continue serving the people of the district in the future, but added that discussions on if he would run for reelection were premature. His term will expire in November of this year.

City and Borough Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl, one of the three finalists for the seat, told reporters after the announcement that he plans to seek another term on the Assembly and has no plans to run for the representative seat in November.

Kerttula, who was the house minority leader when the session began, announced her resignation in January to become a visiting fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford.

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