State of the State guest list has heroes and champions



Gov. Mike Dunleavy has five special guests who will be in attendance and introduced during his second State of the State address, which will be delivered to a joint meeting of the House and Senate, and will be broadcast live at 7 pm on Monday, Jan. 27:

Bryan Quimby – Superintendent of the Gannet Glacier Initial Attack Crew, a 20-member elite wildland fire crew based in the Mat-Su Valley. Quimby and his crew were on the front lines of last summer’s devastating wildfires preventing the loss of homes, businesses and saving lives. He will be representing all of the wild land firefighters.

John Sturgeon and his legendary hovercraft that took him to the Supreme Court — twice.

John Sturgeon – An Alaskan hero who fought for the rights of all Alaskans when he took his case on state water rights to the Supreme Court twice – and won.

[Read: John Sturgeon wins at Supreme Court, 9-0, for river access]

Levi Shivers – A fifth grader attending Huffman Elementary School in Anchorage who has excelled in reading even when the cards were stacked against his success.

Judy Eledge, literacy advocate.

Judy Norton-Eledge – A lifelong educator who has dedicated most of her life to improving the lives of students across the state. She is now working to improve literacy for all our children as the state’s new literacy council coordinator.

Posie Boggs, founder Alaska Reading Coalition.
  • Posie Boggs – A tireless advocate for Alaska’s children and a well-respected expert on dyslexia and other reading difficulties. She is the founder of the Alaska Reading Coalition.