Dunleavy selects veteran Sharon Jackson to replace Dahlstrom in Alaska House
Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday has nominated Eagle River resident Sharon Jackson to replace fellow Republican Nancy Dahlstrom, who gave up her newly elected House seat to become the Department of Corrections commissioner.
Dunleavy selected Jackson over two other recommendations, Craig Christenson and Richard "Clayton" Trotter.
Jackson is a six-year Army veteran who has worked for Alaska's U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican, as a constituent and veterans liaison, according to a release by Dunleavy's communications office.
"Sharon has all the qualities you look for in a good representative," Dunleavy said in a prepared statement. "Experience in the private and public sectors, engagement in the Eagle River community and at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and, a profound commitment to public service that can make Alaska a better place to live and raise a family.”
Jackson, however, won't be sworn in with her colleagues.
According to state law, Jackson "shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature who are members of the same political party. . ."
This means her fellow Republicans must first be sworn in on Jan. 15, when a new Legislature convenes in Juneau, then hold a vote on Jackson's nomination from Dunleavy.
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