Kerttula among Dems seeking Senate seat

Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Rep. Beth Kerttula heads a list of prominent Democrats in Juneau who are seeking appointment to the Alaska Senate seat vacated by Sen. Kim Elton, who has taken a job with the Obama administration.

"I love being in the House, and I love being minority leader, but for my community I think it was the right thing to ask for," Kerttula said.

By law, Gov. Sarah Palin must appoint a new representative within 30 days. Since Elton was elected as a Democrat, the new appointment must be from the same party.

The Democratic Party will propose a list of candidates, but Palin is not bound by that list. The Democrats in the Senate then have to approve the appointment.

Juneau Democratic Party Chairwoman Kim Metcalfe said they plan to close nominations on Wednesday.

Applicants need to be at least 25 years old, a registered Democrat for at least one year, an Alaska resident for at least three years, and a resident of Senate District B for at least one year, she said.

Other possible applicants who have talked with Metcalfe include Margo Waring, former Juneau School District board member; Amy Skilbred, who has been involved with Audobon Society activities and other public affairs issues; Andrea Doll, a former one-term state representative from Juneau's valley district who lost her re-election bid; and Tim Grussendorf, a finance staff member for Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel.

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