July 18, 2007
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin named Wes Keller on Tuesday to fill the District 14 House seat that will soon be vacated by Representative Vic Kohring.
Keller has worked as a teacher, building contractor, oilfield hand and pilot in the Alaska National Guard, and serves as Chief of Staff to Alaska State Senator Fred Dyson.
"Wes is a solid, genuine person of integrity with valuable experience," said Governor Palin. "I am confident he will serve with the independence and diligence Alaska needs. Wes' vast experience throughout the state bodes well for our shared mission of all regions working together for Alaska's good."
Kohring announced last month that he would be leaving office after serving in the State Legislature for 13 years. Members of the District 14 Republican Party forwarded three names to Governor Palin over the weekend. They were chosen by District 14 officials after a selection process that attracted seven candidates.
Governor Palin said she appreciates the interest shown by so many qualified applicants for the position.
"It is encouraging that these dedicated Alaskans stepped forward to offer their services to the constituents of District 14 and the State of Alaska," said Governor Palin. "District 14 will be well-represented in the Legislature."
Representative Kohring's resignation is effective July 19, 2007. Wes Keller must be confirmed by a simple majority of House Republicans.
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