FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15, 2016

CONTACT: Jake Hamburg (907) 258-3077

ANCHORAGE: Today the House District 16 Democrats and Alaska Democratic Party announced the process and timeline to fill the State House vacancy resulting from Representative Max Gruenberg’s passing.

“Representative Gruenberg served his district and the people of Alaska well for many years,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director for the Alaska Democratic Party. “He will be dearly missed and his successor will have big shoes to fill at this critical time in our state.”

“The district needs to advance the most qualified candidates to the Governor,” said Manuel Macedo, Chair of the House District 16 Democrats. “We have established a process to insure that House District 16 Democrats have an opportunity to express their interest in being considered for an appointment to the State House.”

House District 16 Democrats will be accepting applications from district Democrats interested in filling the remainder of the term, which ends in January, 2017. District residents willing to serve and interested in being considered for an appointment must submit a cover letter of intent describing why they are interested in serving in the State House, a resume and an application which can be found at www.akdems.org.

Per state law, all applicants must reside in House District 16 and be registered as a Democrat to be considered.

The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 pm Monday, February 22nd. Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, February 24th and Thursday February 25th. Three nominees will be forwarded to the Governor.

According to state law, the Governor has 30 days from the day of the vacancy to make an appointment. State statute also requires applicants to be from the same political party as the person they succeed. The appointee is subject to confirmation by a majority of Democrats serving in the State House.

Applicants seeking more information may call (907) 258-3050 or email info@akdems.org.

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