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.
— campbell hearing pkg 5:33 "The 31 year old … I’m Jacob Resneck."
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.
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.
Campbell did not escape criticism during the public comment period. Homer resident Sara Jackinsky was one of two individuals to urge she be rejected.
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.