The unanimous vote on the Juneau Assembly went to Alicia Hughes-Skandijs to replace Jesse Kiehl, who left the local governing body when he became a state senator. The vote was held Monday night, and she was sworn in. The Assembly will have her the at-large seat until the next scheduled election in October.
She won the Assembly’s support over the applications of six others, including former Assembly member Kate Troll.
Hughes-Skandijs works for the State of Alaska as a grants administrator and is active in the ASEA union, where she has held leadership positions and is the Juneau chapter steward. She has been both the chair and treasurer for the Juneau chapter of ASEA and has been the contract negotiator for the Southeast region.
She’s also participated in local stand-up comedy and serves on the boards of the Alaska Folk Festival and the League of Women Voters. As an activist, she’s been a part of protests of the various sort that take place in front of the Capitol Building, including a counter-protest she staged during an Alaskans For Life vigil 2018, when she was photographed stating her pro-abortion stance: