CASEY STEINAU / PARTY CHAIR
Casey Steinau enjoys life in Big Lake with her partner Tim Dickman and 2 very spoiled cats. Casey has had a successful 20-year career in real estate sales and investing. She is proud of her contributions to her community as a small business owner, field representative for former Senator Mark Begich, and long-time community volunteer for a variety of causes from garbage clean-up to the fight against homelessness. She is currently a member of the Mat-Su MLK Jr. Foundation, advisory board member of the Mat-Su Food Bank, and board member of the Big Lake Community Council.
LARRY MURAKAMI/VICE CHAIR
Larry Murakami lives in the Fairbanks area where he has resided since graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks decades ago. He has been a resident of Alaska for over 50 years since shortly after Alaska became a state. Larry recently retired from the Arctic Region Subercomputing Center which ceased to exist as part of University of Alaska Fairbanks budgetary cuts. Larry is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam war. In recent years Larry has became more and more active in politics and in 2014 ran for Alaska State House.
KIM METCALFE/COMMITTEE WOMAN
Kimberly Metcalfe retired in 2015 as a union business agent with the Alaska State Employees Association/AFSCME Local 52. Kim was chair of the Juneau Democrats (now Tongass Democrats) for ten years, and a member of the state central committee before becoming Alaska's national committeewoman in 2012. She is a member of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, and published a book in 2008 titled, "In Sisterhood: the History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood." Kim comes from a large long-time Alaska family; her maternal great grandparents arrived in Skagway in 1900. Kim was born and raised in Juneau. Her father, Vernon M. Metcalfe, served two terms in the Alaska Territorial Legislature. Kim has two grown children, Patrice Helmar and Leo Helmar. Her late husband, Paul Helmar, was a photographer who was known for documenting construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, as well as the Alaska legislature, governors, and political campaigns. Kim recently traveled to Greece and Turkey, and plans to spend time researching and writing about Alaska during her retirement years.
IAN OLSON/COMMITTEE MAN
Ian Olson is the director of institutional research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Raised in Anchorage, he now lives in Fairbanks with his wife Janelle and son Oliver. Ian holds an MBA from UAF. He is the vice chair of the Chena Riverfront Commission, and sits on the board of the Tanana Valley Watershed Association. He enjoys international travel, investing, knitting, and spending time with his family.
STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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