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Democrats make a decision on Beth Kerttula’s replacement

By Rhonda McBride 9:15 PM February 24, 2014

The decision was unanimous and will be revealed on Tuesday morning, House Democrats say

JUNEAU - House Democrats met Monday night to make a decision on Beth Kerttula’s replacement.

On Friday, Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Sam Kito III to fill Kerttula’s seat in House District 32 after she resigned to take an oceans policy fellowship at Stanford.

House Democrats aren’t saying whether they confirmed or rejected Kito. Rep. Chris Tuck, the House minority leader, would only say that the decision was unanimous and it will be revealed on Tuesday morning.

The Juneau civil engineer and lobbyist was one of three candidates selected by the Tongass Democrats, who then forwarded the names to Parnell to select a finalist.

Parnell, when announcing Kito as his choice, also asked House Democrats if they would make their confirmation process public on the House floor, but they apparently chose otherwise.

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