Green Party fills out its candidates slate

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2002

The Green Party of Alaska announced today its selection of candidates for the governor and lieutenant governor's races, following the withdrawal of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Desa Jacobsson last month.

Diane Benson and Della Coburn have been nominated to fill the vacancies. Benson was running as the party's lieutenant governor candidate, but became the gubernatorial candidate after Jacobsson pulled out of the race to deal with unspecified family business. Coburn will run as lieutenant governor.

Coburn, a resident of the Southeast village of Kasaan near Ketchikan, served on the Kasaan City Council for eight years. Coburn is a Haida Indian and sits on the Kasaan Tribal Council.

She is organizing a health and Northwest Coast Tribal library in Kasaan. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Central Washington State University and has studied anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

"We are excited Diane and Della will raise the political debate to a higher level by dealing with issues of substance in a straightforward manner," said Green Party Chairman Steve Cleary in a prepared statement. "We are honored to have them both as our top candidates."

The Green Party has 4,648 registered members in Alaska, according to the state Division of Elections. In the Aug. 27 primary, 1,464 people voted for Benson.

Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at

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