RSVP’D HIS REGRETS ON FRIDAY
Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson will not attend the swearing in of the new administration on Monday in Noorvik. The governor issued a press release today saying that because of the earthquake, he is choosing to shelter in place. His press release states:
“Lt. Gov. Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, First Lady Donna, and I unfortunately will not be able to attend tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony in Noorvik. Given the nature and aftermath of Friday’s earthquake, the lieutenant governor and I will remain in Anchorage to assist with the reopening of state facilities and damaged infrastructure.
“I discussed this plan of action with Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy at the State Emergency Operation Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday. I wish him and his Administration the best as they take office and assume control of the recovery efforts.”
It may be the first time in Alaska history when an outgoing administration did not attend the swearing in of his or her successor.