Notice of Vacancy – Alaska Republican Party Application Process to Fill Alaska Legislature House District 30 Vacancy, and for Appointment Consideration
House Representative Gary Knopp tragically died in a plane crash July 31, 2020 leaving State House District 30 with a vacancy.
Governor Michael J Dunleavy is required to fill the vacancy in State House District 30. Pursuant to Alaska Republican Party Rules, Chairman Glenn Clary is requesting Republican residents of District 30, who are interested in being considered for State House District 30 Representative appointment by the Governor, to submit an application for consideration before 5:00PM on Monday, August 10, 2020. The interview and selection process by Legislative District Committee 30 will take place on August 13, 2020, 6PM AST, at Dry Bones Coffee Tea and Community, 11595 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai, AK 99611. The meeting is not open to the general public.
The following Alaska Statutes apply to this process:
Sec. 15.40.320. Condition and time for filling vacancy by appointment. When a vacancy occurs in the state legislature, the governor, within 30 days, shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. However, if the remainder of the term of the predecessor in office will expire or if a vacancy in the state senate will be filled by a special election before the legislature will next meet, convene, or reconvene, the governor may not fill the vacancy.
Sec. 15.40.330. Qualification and confirmation of appointee.
(a) The appointee shall meet the qualifications of a member of the legislature as prescribed in art. II, sec. 2, Constitution of the State of Alaska, shall be a member of the same political party as that which nominated the predecessor in office, and shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature who are members of the same political party which nominated the predecessor in office and of the same house as was the predecessor in office. If the predecessor in office was not nominated by a political party or if no other member of the predecessor’s political party is a member of the predecessor’s house of the legislature, the governor may appoint any qualified person. If the appointee is not a member of a political party, the appointment is not subject to confirmation. If the appointee is a member of a political party, the appointment is subject to confirmation as provided by this section for the confirmation of political party appointees.
(b) A member of a political party is a person who supports the political program of a party. The filing for office of a candidate as an independent or no-party candidate does not preclude a candidate from being a member of a political party. Recognition of an independent or no-party candidate as a member of a party caucus of members of the legislature at the
legislative session following the election of the independent or no-party candidate is recognition of that person’s party membership at the time filings were made by party candidates for the preceding general election.
Sec. 15.40.340. Date of office of appointee. If the appointment is not subject to confirmation, the term of the appointee shall begin on the first day the appointee is present when the legislature meets, convenes, or reconvenes after the date of the appointment. If the appointment is subject to confirmation, the term of the appointee shall begin on the date the appointment is confirmed.
Sec. 15.40.360. Term of appointed representative. If the vacancy is in the state house of representatives, the appointment shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Other Alaska Statutes and laws may apply to the special selection. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all statutory and legal requirements.
All applicants will submit a completed Alaska Republican Party application with respect to filing for office and financial disclosure, as well as a cover letter and CV, electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 5PM AST Monday, August 10, 2020. All applications submitted after that date and time will be disregarded.
The required application can be found HERE.