Today Governor Mike Dunleavy issued the following statement regarding Gene Peltola:
“Rose and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Gene Peltola. He was our neighbor in Kotzebue decades ago and our paths continued to cross to this day. I knew Gene as a man who loved his family and put family first. He was smart, funny, hardworking and one of those guys you just enjoyed meeting up with. He dedicated his career to public service. Whether he was working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, serving on the Bethel city council, or speaking with state legislators, Gene always worked to ensure government worked for Alaskans.
Rose and I are praying for Mary and their children, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Gene’s parents and every member of the Peltola family. He will be dearly missed.”