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Dunleavy not planning now to fill vacant state House seat

FILE - This April 2, 2012, file photo shows the front entrance of the Alaska state Capitol building in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office says he currently does not see a need to fill the state House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Gary Knopp when voters will decide a successor to Knopp in November. Knopp was one of seven people who died in a plane collision shortly before the Republican primary in which he was running. Republicans sent Dunleavy a list of candidates to consider appointing to the seat, including Ronald Gillham, who was running in the primary. Gillham won the primary and is set to face non-affiliated candidate James Baisden in the Nov. 3 general election.


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