Alaska Democrats announce finalists to fill Gruenberg seat

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Anchorage Democrats have announced three finalists to fill the vacancy left by the late state Rep. Max Gruenberg.

They are Taylor Brelsford, Kendra Kloster and Ivy Spohnholz. The Alaska Democratic party, in a release, said Gruenberg’s widow, Kayla Epstein, withdrew her application.

By law, the appointee must be a member of the same political party as the predecessor, and in this case, would be subject to confirmation by House Democrats.

Walker has 30 days from the vacancy to make the appointment. Gruenberg died Feb. 14. A Walker spokeswoman says he’ll interview the finalists and make his decision by March 15.

According to the release, Brelsford is an environmental scientist; Kloster serves as an aide to House Minority Leader Chris Tuck; and Spohnholz works as development director for the Salvation Army.