Luke Hopkins leaves AGDC board under pressure

TOO MANY CONFLICTS: Luke Hopkins, who once served as mayor of the North Star Borough and who was just confirmed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board by a narrow margin, has abruptly resigned from the board.

Earlier this month, Hopkins announced he is challenging Sen. John Coghill for his North Pole (District B) seat.

The Alaska Republican Party then challenged whether he could serve on the AGDC board and run for partisan office at the same time, per AS 39.25.160.

"Although I remain fully committed to the success of AGDC's mission, my decision to run for Senate necessitates my stepping down from the board," he wrote to the governor in a letter dated May 25. "Whether or not it is legally permissible to serve on the board while running is irrelevant—the work of AGDC is simply too important to risk it becoming further politicized by my campaign."

Gov. Walker spent a lot of political capital to get Hopkins on the AGDC board starting in November. He squeaked by the legislative approval, 31-27, in February. Walker has, in the past year, replaced the entire board of AGDC except for Dave Cruz, and fired the president of the corporation, Dan Fauske. The board has yet to complete the hiring of a new president.

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