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Todd Smoldon takes post with Dunleavy administration


Todd Smoldon has been named the director of the Mat-Su Valley office of Gov. Michael Dunleavy, Must Read Alaska has learned.

Smoldon lives in Willow and is a 32-year resident of Alaska. He has taught high school economics for 21 years and is currently employed as a teacher with the Anchorage School District.

After Gov. Dunleavy left the Senate last year to run for governor, Smoldon submitted his name to Gov. Bill Walker to replace him. Walker chose Mike Shower to be senator for District E, however.

Smoldon serves on the Alaska State Professional Teaching Practices Commission as a teacher representative.

The Mat-Su Valley office was created by Gov. Bill Walker, and Dunleavy has kept it open, but his original choice to run it, former Sen. Bill Stoltze, lasted just days before he decided he wasn’t enjoying the work, and resigned.

Former Rep. Lynn Gattis was tapped to temporarily stand up the office, and has since taken an offer from Rep. Tammie Wilson, co-chair of House Finance, to serve as her aide in Juneau. She starts that position on Monday.

No official announcement has been made.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Ahh, the foolish anti union teacher who calls into radio shows when he is supposed to be at work reveals himself. Someone should notify his HR department.

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