State appoints Carol Beecher as elections director

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom has appointed Carol Beecher as the new director of the Division of Elections, filling the vacancy created when Gail Fenumiai retired in December.

Fenomiai’s tenure began in 2008. She left the job in 2015, but returned for three more years in 2019.

Dahlstrom said that Beecher, a Republican and donor to Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, has the professionalism and experience to ensure that Alaska is ready for the 2024 election cycle and beyond.

Beecher grew up in a logging camp on Zarembo Island in Southeast Alaska. She began her state service in 2005 working for Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

She became deputy director of the Child Support Division in 2011 and has served as a director there since 2014. A graduate of Wrangell High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in justice and a master’s degree in public administration, policy analysis from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The Alaska Beacon reported that in her initial interview with Alaska reporters Beecher declined to say whether she felt President Joe Biden was fairly elected in 2020. 

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“I believe that President Biden was elected, and that it was in accordance to the laws and requirements of the various states,” she told Alaska Beacon. “I know, there’s been a lot of controversy about that issue. But I don’t know enough to know what happened in those various states.”

Of the 44 federal court cases filed by former President Trump and his supporters over the 2020 election results the only one Trump prevailed in was later overturned.

Fenumiai, a registered nonpartisan vote, had advised during an interview before she retired that her successor stays out of politics. The director of the Division of Elections in a nonpartisan role.

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