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Dunleavy names chief of staff, transition team

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Tuckerman Babcock, right, reviews election results with Mike Dunleavy on Nov. 6 after the polls closed.


Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy today announced that Tuckerman Babcock, current chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, will be his administration’s chief of staff, and will also lead the transition team for the incoming Dunleavy-Meyer Administration.

Babcock resigned from the Alaska Republican Party chairmanship effective at 2 pm today. Glen Clary, the party’s vice chairman, is automatically the new party chairman.

The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Alaska Miners Association at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. As he was introduced, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Dunleavy announced that his campaign manager Brett Huber will be his senior policy director.

Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy speaks to the Alaska Miners Association today.

Dunleavy also named other key positions in the transition:

  • Maryanne Pruitt, administrative director of the transition team
  • Sarah Erkmann Ward is the communication director for the transition team
  • Kristie Babcock is the governor-elect’s scheduling director for transition
  • Gina Rittaco is the boards and commissions director for transition
  • Stacey Stone Semmler is legal counsel for the transition team.

The transition team has launched a website where people can send their resumes and where they can offer ideas and ask questions:


Dunleavy was suffering from a cold and was hoarse throughout his remarks, which focused on his excitement about resource development.

Speaking with a gravely voice said “Alaska is open for business.”

He told the miners that he wants “more Red Dogs, more Pogos, and more Kensingtons,” naming three well-known Alaska mines.

He also gave a shout out to coal, and mentioned opening Donlin mine.

“I can assure you going forward there’s going to be a lot of excitement in the resource development sector of our state. The attitude is how can we make this happen?” he said.

“My pledge to you is you’re going to have a partner that wants to create jobs and opportunities for all Alaska,” he said. “We’re not going to politicize the process.”

He recognized Rep. Dave Talerico as House Speaker, and Reps. Lance Pruitt and Tammie Wilson as co-chairs of Finance in the House.

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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.

Latest comments

  • Exactly what I want hear, “Alaska is open for business.” Thank you Governor-elect Dunleavy!

  • Awesome, Awesome Transition Team!! The correct formula to begin OPERATION: SWAMP DRAIN!!
    ps… call in the EPA and DEC to make sure there are no dangerous effluents and toxic substances remaining in the Walker Spill.

  • Well that certainly dampens my enthusiasm.

  • I’d like to see the creation of a committee for the study of chemtrail poisoning by the Federal Government and the flying around at night of black helicopters full of UN troops. I suspect a committee to put Jesus back in the schools is already in the works.

    • James Mason
      If your tin foil hat is so important to you and in the spirit of smaller Government I suggest you and Soros join forces to see that it happens!

    • Ha. My one bro is fond of talking about an episode of Coast to Coast AM where they examined the parallels between the film They Live and real life today. Seeing our pillars of the community and how many of them dedicate themselves to keeping the dialogue at a purely superficial level (Vince Beltrami, anyone?), just like the programming on the fictional Cable 54, I couldn’t argue with him on that.

      Via some research on local history a few years ago, I kept coming across clues that Father Boileau was a constant presence in the local schools during the 1950s and early 1960s. Today? If anything, Lil Yachty is a constant presence in local schools. The borough had to spend more money recently to hire extra security at their libraries. It’s pretty much a daily problem when Lathrop and Ryan let out and the latchkey kids go across the street to Noel Wien to hang out and cause trouble.

    • This what happens when a crying sore loser Lib smokes a “neo-legal” joint. THC kills brain cells Mr. Mason.

    • Sounds like you live and die by ……
      Committees. No original ideas?

  • I browsed one last time through Dermot Cole’s column in the Newsminer, straining, yet chuckling, as I realized his writing
    hasn’t changed. The same old windy, radical left-wing rhetoric he’s been preaching for 40 years. The only change is his appearance, all white hair and tons of wrinkles. Dermot is a true hater of Republicans, Trump, and now Dunleavy. He loves big government, taxes, communism, Marxism and his own bank account. Typical liberal. Phoney and a hypocrite. He is Exhibit A as to how wacky, left-wing zealot writers age much quicker than the general population. They tend to be unhappy, and can’t stand themselves. So glad I found Suzanne and MRA.

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