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Governor Dunleavy Seeks Applicants for House District 40 Seat

Oct 10, 2023

Josiah Patkotak’s resignation opens legislative seat

Governor Mike Dunleavy is inviting any eligible Alaskan living in House District 40 to apply for the vacant seat. HD-40 covers the farthest north region of the state, stretching from the Kotzebue area north to Wainwright, Utqiagvik, Prudhoe Bay and Kaktovik before ending at the Canadian border. Josiah Patkotak who represented district 40 as an independent, resigned today. He was elected mayor of the North Slope Borough earlier this month.

By law, within 30 days, the Governor shall appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy.

Residents of House District 40 have until Tuesday, October 31 to submit an application. To apply visit