Governor appoints Kowalke to vacant Alaska Senate seat

Governor Bill Walker has chosen a replacement for a Wasilla state senate seat vacated by one of his gubernatorial rivals. The governor's office announced today he's appointing Matanuska-Susitna borough assemblyman Randall Kowalke to represent Senate District E. The seat became empty after the resignation of Senator Mike Dunleavy, who is vying for the Republican nomination for governor. Kowalke is a retired businessman who is not on a list of names provided to Walker by the Republican Party in the district. He will face a confirmation vote in the Senate, where a majority of Republican members will have to vote in his favor for him to officially take the seat.