Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday appointed Sam Kito III to represent House District 32, including downtown Juneau and Douglas, in the Alaska Legislature.
Kito replaces former Rep. Beth Kerttula who resigned her seat in January to accept a fellowship at Stanford University.
The civil engineer and legislative lobbyist was born in Anchorage, lived in Fairbanks, and has worked on transportation projects throughout the state. He’s been in Juneau for 18 years.
Tongass Democrats nominated Kito, Jesse Kiehl, and Catherine Reardon for the vacant seat.
The governor had 30 days to make an appointment. Kito must be confirmed by House Democrats.
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