Two Alaskans have filed online disclosure forms with the State of Alaska, indicating they will be applying with the Republican Party to fill the vacant seat in Senate District M after Sen. Chris Birch’s passing.
Tali Birch Kindred, the daughter of the late senator, filed her POFD forms with the state, as did Al Fogle, who has been a candidate for both Anchorage Assembly and House of Representatives.
Birch Kindred is an attorney with Oil Search, and formerly with Holland & Hart law firm. She is also a former assistant district attorney with the State of Alaska, worked for Shell Oil for several years, and Crowell and Moring law firm. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She confirmed today that she has submitted her paperwork to the party.
Fogle is a sales executive with Moda Health, and most recently worked for the Alaska Chamber of Commerce. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in combat in Iraq Operation Freedom. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska
The process for replacing Sen. Birch is done by the House District 25 and 26 committees. The applications of interested persons is due on Aug. 16, and the party is not discussing it with the media before all who may be interested have applied before the deadline.
Other names that are floating around as possible replacements are Rep. Josh Revak and Rep. Laddie Shaw, and former Sen. Dave Donley.