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Governor appoints Ketchikan's Jim Elkins to State Senate


October 14, 2003
Tuesday - 7:30 pm

Juneau - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski on Tuesday appointed long-time Ketchikan resident James "Jim" Elkins to Senate Seat A, from which Sen. Robin Taylor resigned last month. Elkins is the second of a three-generation family of Ketchikan businessmen, who have owned and operated a number of Ketchikan businesses over the past 40 years, including a historic bar, restaurant, small hotel, rental properties and an electronics retail outlet.

Elkins' previous government experience includes service on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly for six years, the boards of the Alaska Municipal League and the Chamber of Commerce, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, and as director of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau.

Gov. Murkowski said he has known Jim Elkins for a long time and is confident that he will do a good job for District A and Southeast. "Jim knows the communities, knows the issues and won't be timid when it comes to standing up for his district in the Senate."

Elkins was one of the four names recommended to the governor by the Republican Party to complete Sen. Taylor's term. The others are Rep. Peggy Wilson of Wrangell, Bert Stedman of Sitka and Rollo Pool, also of Sitka.

Murkowski said all are very capable and experienced individuals and that choosing among them was a difficult decision to make. He added that he appreciated the commitment of each to public service.


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