In a letter to the council, Dunleavy wrote “the slate of candidates put forward could be expanded to reflect the balance and diversity in philosophy and Alaskan experience requisite to adequately make a fair choice for the people of Alaska.”
On Tuesday, the Alaska Judicial Council voted to forward a list of three candidates to Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who will select one to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court.
Gov. Dunleavy will now be asked to choose Dani Crosby, Jennifer Stuart Henderson or Yvonne Lamoureux to fill the seat going vacant when Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger retires in June.
This marks Clarkson’s second high-profile Supreme Court defeat in the space of one month, after he also lost an effort to block the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Dunleavy will make his first appointment to the five-member Supreme Court from four candidates.
The attorney general’s office plans to file an appeal of Lamoureux’s ruling on the initiative soon, according to a Department of Law spokesperson.
An assistant attorney general says the Alaska Supreme Court may have to resolve an appeal of the ruling.
A Superior Court judge has dismissed a Pebble-backed lawsuit against Bristol Bay’s regional seafood development association.