Campbell confirmation moves past committee

March 18, 2011 

JUNEAU -- Alaska lawmakers on Friday moved Cora Campbell's nomination for commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game one step closer to confirmation.

The 31-year-old Campbell initially faced opposition due to her youth and commercial fishing background, but representatives from a number of fishing organizations called in to the House Resources Committee to support her candidacy.

Jerry McCune of the United Fishermen of Alaska says he sees Campbell's youthfulness as an asset that will allow her to bring fresh perspective to the department.

The committee also heard two calls in opposition to her confirmation.

Campbell will face another confirmation hearing before the Senate Resources Committee next week.

Her nomination will be finalized after approval from a joint session of the Legislature.

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