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Parnell plans interviews for Kerttula replacement

By Associated Press 2:02 PM February 19, 2014

Parnell's choice will be subject to ratification

JUNEAU, Alaska – Gov. Sean Parnell will interview the candidates for the House seat vacated by Beth Kerttula on Thursday.

The Tongass Democrats earlier this month sent Parnell a list of three candidates: Jesse Kiehl, Catherine Reardon and Sam Kito III.

Kerttula resigned as House Democratic leader on Jan. 21 and from the Legislature three days later to take a fellowship at Stanford University.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow did not say when Parnell would announce his choice except that he planned to make the appointment within the 30-day window set out in law. Sunday marks 30 days since Kerttula resigned.

Parnell’s choice will be subject to ratification by House Democrats.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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