Four C-ER chamber seats up for grabs

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 20:00
Business leaders line up to serve

Nine members of the area business community are seeking four open spots on the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Chamber special events director Merry Braham said two of the candidates are incumbents. Braham said votes will be accepted from chamber members in good standing through the Sept. 9 deadline.

“It has to be in our post office box or in our office by then,” Braham said.

Running for reelection to the board this year are Doug Boyer and Nancy Dahlstrom. Current members Steve Strom and Kaleb Baker are not seeking reelection.

The other candidates include Fred Dyson, Shawn Osborne, Rob Sackerson, John Sims, Susan Wallen, Larry Wiget and Tom Wardaugh.

Most of the candidates are longtime area residents well-known to the business community.

Dyson is a sitting state senator; Osborne works in public relations for MTA; Sackerson is vice president of investments for Webush Securities; Sims is the corporate communications and customer service manager for ENSTAR; Wallen is a legislative aide to Rep. Bill Stoltze; Wiget is a retired public affairs director for the Anchroage School District; and Wardaugh is the general manager of Eagle River Printing.

There are nine elected two-year positions on the board.

Sims, Sackerson, Osborne and Wallen currently serve on the board as one-year presidential appointees.

Among the incumbents, Boyer is retired and Dahlstrom is the government affairs manager for Providence Health Services Alaska.

Chamber executive director Susie Gorski said there are 25 voting members of the board, plus seven past presidents with emeritus status who can vote as long as they attend at least half of the meetings.

Gorski said nine board seats are ex-officio seats given to members representing the military, the Anchorage Assembly, the Anchorage School Board, the Anchorage Economic Development Agency and Eklutna, Inc.

Pete Mulcahy is the board president. Mulcahy’s two-year term is up next year.

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