Bernadette Wilson, a well-known political mover-and-shaker in Alaska, has been named state director for the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity, Must Read Alaska has learned from sources close to the national organization.
Wilson is the owner of Denali Disposal in Anchorage. She has been involved with political movements for most of her adult life, working to pass the “parental notification” ballot initiative in 2010, and co-hosting a radio show with Ethan Berkowitz before he ran for Anchorage mayor.
She has been involved with “Open Alaska,” a group pressing for fair public policy treatment of businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, and she organized a citizen-led 2020 Memorial Day remembrance event attended by hundreds in Anchorage on the Delaney Park Strip, after then-Mayor Berkowitz canceled city sponsorship of the annual event.
Wilson was a key advisor to the campaign of Dave Bronson, who became Anchorage mayor in July. She is a frequent guest on the morning Dan Fagan Show on KENI radio.
Wilson replaces Ryan McKee, who left the organization several weeks ago after two years at the helm.
Americans for Prosperity is dedicated to the belief that every person has a unique set of gifts and the ability to contribute to society in their own way, an idea that has inspired progress since our country’s founding.
In 35 states, the group engages in grassroots outreach to advocate for long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems that prevent people from realizing their incredible potential. Much of the group’s focus is to fight unsustainable government growth, spending, and debt, a broken immigration system, a rigged economy, and a host of other issues.
The group, which has grown in its effectiveness since its inception in 2004, sees its role in “advancing a free and open society, where every person can realize their American dream. We recruit and unite concerned individuals in all 50 states to advance policies that will help people improve their lives.”
The Alaska chapter of AFP was formed in 2015, with Jeremy Price as its first state director. Price now serves as a commissioner with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Must Read Alaska has not confirmed the appointment with AFP.