Campbell Passes House Committee


Jacob Resneck/KMXT

Governor Sean Parnell’s choice to lead the Alaska Department of Fish and Game cleared a major hurdle toward confirmation Friday after receiving accolades from members of the House Resources Committee. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck reports.

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The 31 year old from Petersburg had come under criticism due to her age and relative inexperience. But in the past months she’s managed to line up a great deal of public support. In her opening remarks, Cora Campbell sketched out a brief biography for lawmakers.

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Rep. Berta Gardner an Anchorage Democrat said she supported her confirmation but quizzed whether Campbell’s fishing background is a liability for such a far-reaching resource agency.

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Indeed Campbell won plaudits from both commercial and sportsfishermen. Here’s Jerry McCune and Ricky Gease from two key advocacy groups.

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The sole question about game management came from Rep. Alan Dick, a Republican from the Y-K Delta about an ongoing dispute with the federal government over game management.

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Campbell did not escape criticism during the public comment period. Homer resident Sara Jackinsky was one of two individuals to urge she be rejected.

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But the committee was unswayed. Campbell is scheduled to go before the Senate Resource Committee on Wednesday, March 23. That would be the last step before going before a full vote of the legislature on April 8.

In Kodiak, I’m Jacob Resneck.


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