Among the approximately 49,000 signers of the initial application for a petition to recall Gov. Michael Dunleavy, several members of the media, including journalists, spouses of journalists, and board members of public broadcasting corporations appear on the list.
Must Read Alaska combed through the list and found reporters, show hosts, and others associated with KTUU, Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner, KTOO, and Alaska Public Media.
The spouse of Anchorage Daily News Editor David Hulen also signed the recall petition, as did several members of the board of directors of Alaska Public Media, including board chair, vice chair, and treasurer. Also, the spouse of the APM general manager has signed the Recall Dunleavy application petition.
No “editorial content” members from the Anchorage Daily News were found on the list during this review.
Readers in Fairbanks, however, will recognize the name of NewsMiner reporter Dorothy Chomicz, who writes about cops and crime for the paper. They’ll also recognize the name of Dermot Cole, longtime contributor to the NewsMiner and other publications, including his own political blog. His brother, Terrence Cole, is also on the list, but his editorial associate Alice Rogoff is not a signer.
In Anchorage, Karen Wuestenfeld, board chair, Alaska Public Media, appears on the list, as does Beth Rose, vice chair, and Pita Benz, treasurer.
KTUU’s Blake Essig shows up as a recall advocate, as does Haley Essig, who is related.
At Juneau’s KTOO public media station, board chair George Reifenstein, vice chair Leslie Longenbaugh and treasurer Melanie Lesh all signed the recall petition, but the staff of the station steered clear.
Several members of the Alaska Court system appear on the list of those wanting to recall the governor. We found no judges during this review except retired judge Carpeneti. Former Gov. Bill Walker Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth‘s name appears — no surprise, since she is an attorney for the recall effort. Along with her, fellow recall attorney and Bill Walker Chief of Staff Scott Kendall signed on.
Some of the other usual names are there: AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami, Alaska Democratic Party Chairwoman Casey Steinau, and retired Judge Walter Carpeneti.
Former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott signed the recall petition, as did Jody Potts of Fairbanks, who works as a Village Public Safety Officer. At the Rasmuson Foundation, Ed and Cathy Rasmuson signed the petition, and are funding the recall, and Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan is also on the list.
Democrat lawmaker Rep. Harriet Drummond of Anchorage signed it twice, while fellow Democrat Rep. Ivy Spohnholz of Anchorage signed it just once.
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Study the list yourself at this link.