Assessment board appointee withdraws name

Mar 13, 2014 -- 12:00pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A California man appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to the board that reviews the tax value the trans-Alaska pipeline has withdrawn his name from consideration. Dennis Mandell said it was his decision. After talking with legislators, he said his nomination appeared to be a political issue and he didn't want it to become a problem for Parnell. The former oil company analyst had been scheduled for a confirmation hearing before Senate Finance. The committee Thursday heard the nomination of Parnell's other appointee to the board, Bernard Washington of Anchorage. His name was advanced to a joint session of the Legislature, which will decide whether to confirm. State law says board appointees must be registered voters in Alaska. Parnell argues the constitution requires appointees to quasi-judicial boards to be U.S. citizens.

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