Politics of destruction: Trevor Shaw withdraws name from judicial commission



An appointee from Ketchikan has withdrawn his name from a volunteer position on the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct .

Trevor Shaw had been appointed to serve on the volunteer commission by Gov. Michael Dunleavy. However, Democrats savaged his reputation and created enough damage that he chose to resign rather than go through the rest of the confirmation process. He and his wife are expecting a child within a few weeks.

“A myriad of inaccuracies, misconceptions, and outright falsehoods regarding my public service have cast a shadow over my confirmation that is damaging to the mission of the Commission on Judicial Conduct,” Shaw wrote. “I will continue to endeavor for the truth of the situation to be revealed, as opposed to the alternative facts that are being predominately portrayed in a concerted effort to deceive the public about my nomination,” he wrote in a letter to the governor.

Shaw was the president of the Ketchikan School Board when a high school teacher in Ketchikan was accused, and later arrested, for sexual misconduct.

At the time, Shaw was the youngest school board president in Alaska history, and some in Ketchikan criticized his leadership during the investigative process of the teacher. In a small town, everyone knows everyone, and the teacher was a family friend who had officiated at his wedding.

Shaw eventually resigned from the school board in 2018, rather than face a recall that was under way.

The scandal came at the same time Shaw was trying to negotiate union contracts in public session, rather than behind closed doors. The teacher’s union and local Democrats used the scandal to gin up opposition to Shaw, who was also the district chair for the Alaska Republican Party.

Today Gov. Dunleavy accepted Shaw’s withdrawal and appointed Fairbanks resident Hank Bartos to serve on the commission. Bartos is a retired Air Force pilot. A Realtor since 1987, he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and master’s degree from Boston University.

Bartos, the current nominee, served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, the Economic Development Commission Board of directors, as an Alaska board member to National Association of Counties, Alaska Municipal League Board of Directors, United Way Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters board member, and numerous other committees around Fairbanks.


  1. Best of luck Governor Dunleavy. Humans are imperfect and these things happen
    Now it might be more clear to you that my plan to reform the Dividend is a better idea.
    Its called AITA. The best socialist/capitalist program ever!

  2. Seems reasonable to ask whether Bartos’ tenure on the Alaska Municipal League Board of Directors could mean potentially favorable predisposition toward AML on Commission matters which may affect AML including, in this era of major budget cuts, its continuing viability as an organization…

    • Sorry Morrigan, the Judicial Commission has nothing to do with AML. Is your comment sarcasm? It appears to be the kind of fight-picking we all wish would go away, but the Left insists be the norm for the change to their vision of the USSR-America

  3. Is it just me, or does it seem like the Democrats in Juneau have declared war?

    Between these attacks on budget staffers, the governors appointees, and even next weeks legislative “road tour”, it is just attack, after attack, after attack.

    Big Alaska media is all-in with the Dems kamikaze mission, too.

    It appears as if their treatment of the Dunleavy administration has been modeled on how they’ve gotten away with treating president Trump the last 2 1/2 years.

    Aside from MustReadAlaska, do we even have a fair & balanced media outlet in the state?

    • With respect, it’s not “kamikaze”, it’s time-tested strategy straight from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”:
      “The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns that provide the opportunities and means for citizen participation.”
      “The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must
      first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent
      hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must
      search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act.”
      “To attempt to operate on a good-will rather than on a power basis would be to attempt something that the world has not yet experienced.”
      Okay, Coach, you got their play book, what do you want to do?

      • Union Vince has read that book too – but Cathy beat him anyway… We have to out-work them without stooping to their level of depravity.

    • It’s not just you… and they want you & me to pay for it all so they can get “free” stuff. I call it theft.

  4. Didn’t Hank Bartos have a little trouble of his own with the Alaska Board of Realtors, involving some shady real estate deals in Fairbanks?

    • Enlighten us please before you accuse – please be ready to document. If true, we need to know some details – and disqualify if warranted.

    • It’s common knowledge among realtors in Fairbanks, Rich. No secrets. Hank had to hire a local law firm to save his real estate license. Go to the Alaska Board of Realtors site at AK State Dept. of Commerce web page and see for yourself. Hank Bartos RE license was on the line. Lots of legitimate charges against Hank. There’s s reason Hank no longer wins ANY elections. The governor might want to rethink his selection.

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