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New governor Palin to be welcomed to Juneau tonight

Well-wishers asked to gather at Fourth and Main at 7:30 p.m.

Posted: Friday, December 08, 2006

New governor Sarah Palin arrives tonight in Juneau, where citizens will welcome their new governor on the steps of the Capitol.

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Palin, the former Wasilla mayor who was elected last month, was sworn in Monday in Fairbanks. Today she makes her first arrival in Juneau as governor.

Mayor Bruce Botelho said he's hoping for a strong turnout to show support for the state's new leader.

"It's a chance for Juneauites to say 'welcome' to the new governor, and welcome to the capital city and her new home," he said.

Botelho asked that people gather at the corner of Fourth and Main to greet Palin, as she and her family pass by on the way to the Governor's Mansion.

Palin will be accompanied by her husband, Todd, and three of her four children, he said. Her fourth child is playing hockey out of state.

Palin is scheduled to arrive at the airport at 7:30 p.m. and is expected downtown by 7:45 p.m.

Botelho is asking people to begin gathering at the corner by 7:30 p.m.

"It's a chance to show up and show support and wish her luck," he said.

"We pray for good weather," the mayor said.

There should be enough room for everyone along the street, on the steps and the plaza, he said.

"I'd hope there would be a substantial turnout," he said.

• Pat Forgey can be reached at patrick.forgey@juneauempire.com.



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