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Dunleavy not planning now to fill vacant state House seat

In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker in Juneau, Alaska. Knopp, who was involved in a July mid-air collision that killed seven people, was piloting his plane even though his medical flight certification was denied eight years ago because of vision problems, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker in Juneau, Alaska. Knopp, who was involved in a July mid-air collision that killed seven people, was piloting his plane even though his medical flight certification was denied eight years ago because of vision problems, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 4:52 PM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office says he currently does not see a need to fill the state House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Gary Knopp when voters will decide a successor to Knopp in November.

Knopp was one of seven people who died in a plane collision shortly before the Republican primary in which he was running.

Republicans sent Dunleavy a list of candidates to consider appointing to the seat, including Ronald Gillham, who was running in the primary.

Gillham won the primary and is set to face non-affiliated candidate James Baisden in the Nov. 3 general election.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.

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