Madsen set to run for valley House seat

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A second Juneau Republican, Stephanie Madsen, has filed to run for state House District 4, promising a contested Republican primary for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau.

Madsen, 53, is a Mendenhall Valley resident who works as executive director of the At-Sea Processors Association, a trade group. She filed to run for the House last week.

She'll face Republican Cathy Munoz in the August primary election.

Madsen intends to be an advocate for Juneau, she said in a press release announcing her candidacy.

"Our economy is weak and growing weaker," she said.

"To make matters worse, we are under constant assault from capitol-move proponents. We risk defeating ourselves by failing to come together," she said.

Madsen has lived in Juneau 10 years, and both her children are Juneau-Douglas High School graduates. Her late husband, Tom Madsen, started his flying career in Juneau with Southeast Skyways in the 1970s.

Madsen previously served as chairwoman of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the first woman ever to do so. The regional council is responsible for fisheries management and conservation in the Exclusive Economic Zone, a 900,000-square-mile area off the coast of Alaska.

She previously lived in Dutch Harbor for 18 years while involved with the fishing industry there.

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