North Pole Republicans have chosen Mike Prax, Tom Studler and Fred Villa as their candidates to replace former state Rep. Tammie Wilson, who resigned last month to take a job with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
The finalists were announced Friday evening by the Alaska Republican Party, and under state law, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has until Feb. 24 to select the person who will fill the seat. The governor is not required to select from among the three names forwarded by the House District 3 Republican committee, but he has previously said he prefers to follow the wishes of local residents.
Prax is a longtime Republican activist in the Fairbanks area; Studler is a legislative staffer for Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy; and Villa is a former associate vice president at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Anyone selected by the governor must be confirmed by a majority of the Republicans serving in the Alaska House.