Mike Dunleavy today named Commissioner of Corrections and former State Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom as his running mate for 2022.
“Nancy is well-qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, and has the temperament to do the job of Lieutenant Governor well,” said Dunleavy. “Over the past four years, Nancy and I have worked together to make Alaska a safer, better place for everyone. Alaska has long struggled to address public safety issues – but Nancy and I are committed to continuing to reverse these troubling trends and statistics. We are seeing progress, but we have more work to do. I am pleased that Nancy is joining the ticket. With her experience in the private sector, the legislative process, and the executive branch, I know she’s dedicated to the role of lieutenant governor.”
Dahlstrom has a long history of public service. She moved to Alaska when she was 18. She ran against Lisa Murkowski for Alaska House in 2002. After losing by just 56 votes, she was tapped to finish Murkowski’s term in the Alaska House after Gov. Frank Murkowski named his daughter Lisa to finish his seat in the U.S. Senate, as he had been elected governor.
Dahlstrom is a Republican from Eagle River, who also served in the Parnell Administration as a senior advisor to the governor.
“She’s a Republican, but she’s an Alaskan first and foremost. She will serve Alaskans and this great state competently. Nancy Dahlstrom is willing, able, and ready to serve,” Dunleavy said.
Dahlstrom, in an interview with Must Read Alaska, says she has built a strong relationship with the governor and he is comfortable with her working style and judgment. He appointed her to take over the Department of Corrections shortly after he took office in 2018.
The Dunleavy-Dahlstrom campaign will announce endorsements and events in the next few months.