District 25 and 26 Republican Party officers chose three people as finalists for the Senate Seat M position that was created when Sen. Chris Birch died on Aug. 7.
Dave Donley, Laddie Shaw, and Al Fogle are the names that won the most votes. The party officials had the option of sending three or four names to the governor, who will make the selection. Senate Republicans must agree with the choice.
At least eight people had applied for the seat, including:
- Lisa Sauder
- Mike Robbins
- Anne Helzer
- Josh Revak
- Tali Birch Kindred
Interviews were conducted of the candidates tonight in a closed-door session that ended moments ago.
Fogle ran for House District 26, but Laddie Shaw won that race in 2018. Before that, he ran for Anchorage Assembly.
Fogle is a sales executive with Moda Health, and most recently worked for the Alaska Chamber of Commerce. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in combat in Iraq Operation Freedom. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska.
Shaw is a retired Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran (two tours) who spent eight years with the SEAL Reserve component; and seven years with the Alaska Army National Guard (Airborne). In 1999 he was appointed to the position of State Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Alaska. He has also been an instructor at the State Trooper Academy in Sitka.
Donley is a former State House representative and State senator and was a Republican delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2016. He is on the Anchorage School Board and is the deputy commissioner of Administration.