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Co-chairs named for inaugural celebration

Cynthia Henry and Rina Salazar will co-chair the inaugural celebrations for Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy and Lt.-Gov.-elect Kevin Meyer.

The inauguration will take place on Dec. 3 in Noorvik, in the Northwest Arctic Borough, and a celebration in the Mat-Su Valley is planned for Dec. 4.

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Henry is Alaska’s national committeewoman for the Republican National Committee. She has served as an elected official on the Fairbanks School Board and Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, and more recently served eight years on the University of Alaska Board of regents.

[Read: Noorvik is site for swearing in]

Henry has served on several boards and commissions, including the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board of directors, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, the Alaska Post-Secondary Education Commission, Alaska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Keep Alaska Competitive.

Salazar has organized fundraisers for nonprofits most of her adult life, and was the events coordinator for the Dunleavy campaign. She was executive assistant to former Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock.

Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Salazar moved to Anchorage at age one. She graduated from Dimond High School and attended UAA. Salazar has been involved in many organizations such as a Filipino civic organization, Operation Christmas Child, STAR and many more. Growing up in the Filipino-American community and organizing parties and banquets has allowed her to develop mastery of creating successful events. She has also organized fundraisers for non-profit groups most of her adult life.

The two will work with communities across the state that want to hold inaugural celebrations and will determine where and how those community events are accomplished in the coming weeks.

Dunleavy made the announcement of the co-chairs on Saturday night at the Alaska Outdoor Council banquet, where he also announced that he and Lieutenant Gov.-elect Kevin Meyer will be sworn in in Noorvik.

Those interested in helping with inaugural celebrations can fill out the contact form at

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. When Kevin Meyer visited Sitka, he admitted that neither he nor Mr. Dunlevy know much about fishing. I believe we have a crisis on our hands with how the herring fishery has been mismanaged. Destroying this forage fish will lead to the destruction of other fisheries. Natives of SE Alaska need a voice on the Board of Fish and on the new board to manage the Alaska Marine Highway System.
    Last but certainly not least, the villages of Alaska need law enforcement resources to address our sad situation of being worst in the nation for domestic violence and sexual assault as well as missing and murdered indigenous women. We need VPSOs, behavior health, substance abuse treatment and other victims services. This must be at the top of the list!
    It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

  2. Agreed. With guys like Byron Mallott out of the picture for good, we can expect our VPSO’s to be better trained and have some enforcement teeth in the villages. Gov. Dunleavy promises better law enforcement for all of Alaska.

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