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District 38 Democrats choose new chair, begin process of replacing Fansler

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Democrats in Bethel caucused on Tuesday and chose an aide to former Rep. Zach Fansler as their District 38 chair. The district had been unorganized for Democrats, meaning there were no party officers for the sprawling region in Western Alaska.

Ben Anderson-Agimuk, 25, has the task of organizing the committee that will review resumes from those interested in replacing his former boss, Fansler, who stepped down last month after being accused of striking a woman in Juneau. Fansler is technically on payroll through mid-February but was kicked out of the Democratic caucus.

[Read: He’s out: Fansler resigns]

Anderson-Agimuk is a fresh-faced political science student whose legislative job is legislative secretary, and he may also be picking his next boss. His LinkedIn profile shows that, in spite of youth, he has strong political chops.

For KYUK radio, he described the ideal candidate as someone who will vote with the Democrat’s majority coalition in the State House and be willing to run for reelection this year.

That might eliminate Bob Herron, who was the man replaced by Fansler when Anchorage Democrats poured tens of thousands of dollars into Fansler’s campaign in 2016.

Former Rep. Zach Fansler

Fansler lasted a year, but then was accused by a Juneau woman of hitting her so hard her eardrum burst. That accusation is still under investigation and may not lead to charges, but Fansler was forced out by his fellow Democrats.

As for Herron, who is more of a family man, he has since left the Democratic Party, perhaps in anger for the party having run someone against him in a primary, and he has registered as “unaffiliated.”

The replacement for Fansler involves the District Democrats choosing three prospective nominees and presenting them to the governor. Gov. Bill Walker, who helped Fansler get elected, will need to choose a replacement by March 14.

Anderson-Agimuk first needs to assemble his committee to review applicants. Those interested in serving either on the committee or as a state representative for District 38 may contact him at [email protected]

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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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  • Nome and Bethel would of been better served if we would of just sent sex robots to vote the Democratic line.

    This young guy has a lot of trail to travel before he becomes a viable voice for us old folks out here.

    Only an idiot thinks voting with urban demos will get you anywhere when you live out here.

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