Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat
A nominating committee of House Democrats from District 38 has sent the names of three individuals to Gov. Bill Walker to be considered as the replacement for Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel.
Fansler resigned earlier this month after allegations of sexual assault came to light. His last day in the Alaska Legislature was February 12.
The names sent to the governor are Yvonne L. Jackson, Raymond "Thor" Williams, and Tiffany Zulkosky, according to a statement released Monday by the Alaska Democrats.
The person selected to fill the District 38 seat by Walker will represent a large part of Southwest Alaska, which includes Bethel and nearly twenty villages.
The following information regarding the candidates' backgrounds was included in the release:
- Yvonne L. Jackson was born in Bethel, Alaska and raised in Kasigluk. She has lived in the YK Delta for a total of 23 years serving the people of District 38 in Workforce Development. Yvonne currently works for AVCP as a Tribal Workforce Development Director
- Raymond “Thor” Williams has been a resident of Bethel for over 20 years. He currently serves on the Bethel City Council and was Mayor of Bethel from 2005-2006. He also serves on the Lower Kuskokwin School District Board.
- Tiffany Zulkosky was born and raised in Bethel and is of Yup’ik and Polish decent. She is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
The nominating committee interviewed all five individuals who applied for the seat. The two individuals who applied but were not selected are Mitchell Forbes and Winter Montgomery.
Walker has a window of 30 days from Fansler's official resignation to select a replacement to represent District 38 in the Legislature.