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Governor Appoints Stepovich to Fill
Vacant District 10 House Seat


December 04, 2003
Thursday - 12:50 am

Fairbanks - Governor Frank H. Murkowski has appointed Nick Stepovich to the State House seat for District 10, vacated in October when Representative Jim Whitaker was elected Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor.

"As a lifelong Fairbanksan, Nick Stepovich has the confidence of the people of District 10 to do an excellent job representing them in Juneau," Murkowski said. "As a business owner, he has contended with the day-to-day challenges of operating profitable businesses and making payroll everyday. Nick will bring a good Interior perspective to the Capitol, he's a leader, and we're happy to have him on board."

Stepovich, 45, was born in Juneau while his father, Mike Stepovich, was Territorial Governor. He grew up in Fairbanks, graduating from Monroe High School in 1976. Stepovich has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Southern Oregon University. He owns and operates Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant in Fairbanks and has been active in the Republican Party since he first registered to vote at age 18, and most recently served as District 10 chairman for the party.

Stepovich will finish out Whitaker's term, a little more than one year, and will have to run for election in November 2004 if he wishes to retain the District 10 seat.

Two other nominees submitted for the Governor's consideration were Fairbanks business owner Jay Ramras and Richard Hughes, a mining engineer.


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