Legendary hunter and businessman John Sturgeon, who fought for the rights of Alaskans to use their rivers and won at the Supreme Court twice, is the chair of the Dunleavy for Governor campaign.
The campaign filed with Alaska Public Offices Commission on Sunday, also naming Kevin Fimon as treasurer, and Tyson Gallagher, Jordan Shilling, Cindy Glassmaker and Jill Schaefer as deputy treasurers. Glassmaker and Schaefer are Kenai Peninsula residents who are part of a fundraiser Dunleavy has planned for the Kenai this week.
Sturgeon is a larger-than-life Alaskan who was accosted by National Park Service rangers while heading for his hunting spot up the Nation River in the Yukon-Charley National Preserve. They ordered him to get his boat out of federal waters. He fought that order in court, asserting that navigable waters are state-controlled, and he won the first round, when the case was remanded to the Ninth Circuit, which ruled against him. In the second round at the Supreme Court, he won unanimously, a victory for all Alaskans who use rivers as highways.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy is an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He was first elected as governor in 2018, beating former Gov. Bill Walker, who has filed recently to try to win back the seat.