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Ben Stevens joins Dunleavy’s senior team

DUNLEAVY BRAIN TRUST ADDS SEN. STEVENS

Ben Stevens, a former state senator and son of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, has been appointed to a senior policy group inside the Governor’s Office.

The mission: Help get the state back on track.

He’ll be joining John Moller and Brett Huber on a team that will help create and implement the direction for the Mike Dunleavy Administration. Their work will be to support the Dunleavy goals of strengthening the economy and restoring greater public safety.

Stevens said he was surprised by the call to serve in the new administration. He had not worked on the Dunleavy campaign and at one point had even been sought by his friends and politically active Republicans to run for governor. Ultimately he weighed the decision and chose not to run.

Stevens chose not to run for office in 2006, and shortly thereafter a federal and state investigations started against him. He was pursued relentlessly by prosecutors, persecuted by a corrupt system that operated with impunity.

After seven years of investigations, there was never an indictable offense, because prosecutors had used media allegations and allegations from Democrats, rather than facts, to try to establish Stevens’ guilt in a wide-ranging investigation that involved former lawmakers and business leaders from the Veco Corporation.

Stevens always maintained his innocence but the toxic and partisan probe destroyed his political career. He has kept a low political profile, raising a family and working in the private sector. His father, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, was brought down also by false allegations from the U.S. Justice Department and then narrowly lost to Mark Begich in 2008. Ted Stevens died in a plane crash on Aug. 9, 2010.

Ben Stevens has been working at Cook Inlet Tug and Barge for many years, and will start with the Dunleavy Administration on Monday.

Stevens graduated from the Arizona State University with a B.A. in economics and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University. He is known by friends and colleagues to be one of the smartest and most capable people in Alaska.

After college, he was a commercial fisherman and owner of a consulting firm. Stevens was president of the May 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Anchorage.

In 2001, he was appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to the Alaska State Senate, after being nominated by the Republican Party of Alaska.

He served as Senate majority leader for 2003-2004, and Senate president in 2005-2006. He decided to not seek re-election in 2006, when he let the June filing deadline pass without taking action. He is also a former member of the Republican National Committee.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Was she ever elected or just appointed?

  • Really, Ben is one of the smartest people in Alaska?
    Holly crap, as a staunch conservative and a 30 year crab fisherman from Alaska I really beg to differ with you.
    Please name one project Ben put his hands on that didn’t either fail or end up with a string of indictments.

    • The Special Olympics came off without a hitch and there were competitors from all over the world! A fantastic job tying Alaskan communities together to work together for a great cause and rewarding event.
      With a comment like you made Kevin, what have you done for your community or the State of Alaska?

      • Stevens was paid $715,000 for 3 years of work at the Special Olympics. If you think that’s a fantastic job I have a bridge to sell you.

  • I am glad to see Governor Dunleavy select good sound folks like Ben for his new administration….Ben has a very varied back ground and will do a great job for the State and the Governor…

  • Ben is a pretty savvy guy and knows politics. Pretty sure his interests in fisheries will be in areas that the NPFMC regulates and not so much with state waters issues.
    But he will be remembered for some things that makes him a bit controversial. Phrases like “Valley trash”, the CBC, Special “O” and being allegedly involved in bribes. Alleged, but not charged.
    I suspect that,possibly, an old friend of Ted Stevens who may have been a Dunleavy contributor might have had something to do with this appointment.
    I am willing to give Ben the benefit and move on from the past. And to reserve judgment. I believe he will be part of the solution and not the problem.

  • Ben’s been selected as part of a senior policy group inside the Governor’s Office. I think that is a perfect place for him. Stay inside, put your head down, and get the work done. Governor Dunleavy is no dummy. He has a cornucopia of talent to choose from and has reached out of State for some of it. He was fully aware of the optics and baggage that this selection was going to bring and still, he made the call to Ben. Remember that none of that crap they tried to pin on Ben went anywhere. Just like they tried to do to his Dad. Heck, I was in a few elevators with Bill Allen over the years. I’m surprised they didn’t try to investigate me for something. Remember Robert Mueller all over the news with Trump? Well, he was the guy spearheading the witch hunt over Uncle Ted! Don’t forget it. Bogus.

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