Murkowski to pick Nancy Dahlstrom for House seat

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski will pick Nancy Dahlstrom to a state House seat vacated when he appointed his daughter to the U.S. Senate, The Associated Press has learned.

Dahlstrom, a Republican from Eagle River, narrowly lost to Rep. Lisa Murkowski in the August primary. Murkowski ran unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election for House District 18.

''Nancy had done a great job in running a campaign for this particular seat, so in that sense has earned the right to hold the seat,'' said Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

Dahlstrom ran an aggressive campaign as an anti-tax fiscal conservative against the more moderate incumbent Lisa Murkowski in a district that was substantially changed by redistricting.

Dahlstrom lost the election by only 56 votes. Dahlstrom could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

Lisa Murkowski was entering her third House term and had been chosen by House Republicans as majority leader when her father appointed her to the U.S. Senate on Dec. 20.

The District 18 Republican Committee had recommended Dahlstrom, longtime legislative staffer Matt Gill and Rep. Eldon Mulder for the seat.

Gill told The Associated Press that he was notified shortly before the announcement on Thursday that he was not chosen.

Mulder had represented Muldoon in the state House since 1993 but chose not to run against Murkowski in the primary after reapportionment placed them both in a district that includes military bases and parts of Eagle River-Chugiak, Muldoon and Government Hill.

Mulder told The Associated Press that he informed the governor on Tuesday that he no longer wanted to be considered for the appointment. Mulder said after discussions with his family he has decided to remain out of the Legislature.

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