ANCHORAGE, May 16, 2018 — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today named three statewide co-chairs for his campaign: Dick Randolph of Fairbanks, John Moller of Juneau, and Kristie Babcock of Kenai.
“I am honored that these distinguished Alaskans have stepped forward to offer their experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to help advance my campaign,” said Dunleavy. “I couldn’t ask for a better mix of experience in business, politics, and knowledge of Alaska’s diverse communities than Dick Randolph, John Moller, and Kristie Babcock. All three share my strong commitment to bring back economic prosperity for the people of Alaska, to protect the Permanent Fund, and to ensure our state government abides by Constitutional principles.”
Dick Randolph is a business owner and former state lawmaker from Fairbanks. In his diverse career he has worked as a school teacher, miner, and a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. Randolph ran as a Libertarian candidate for Governor in 1982, and as a Republican primary candidate for Governor in 1986. Dunleavy applauded Randolph’s public policy leadership: “Dick is known as the ‘Father of the Income Tax Repeal,’ since he spearheaded the successful effort to repeal the state income tax in 1979-80. He’s been a staunch defender of the Permanent Fund Dividend. Dick has seen this state through good times and bad, and I’m delighted to have his help.” Randolph is married and has 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
John Moller is a Juneau commercial fisherman and former Dutch Harbor crab boat skipper. Moller served nearly six years as Senior Rural Affairs Advisor under Governor Sean Parnell. He also served as the General Manager of a Community Development Quota group for more than a decade, working from Adak to Nome to Juneau to Washington, D.C. Moller is a partner with former Governor Sean Parnell in Navigate North Consultants, providing executive leadership and public policy advice for businesses, local governments and non-profits. He also owns his own consulting business, providing advice on matters related to Rural and Arctic Alaska. Moller is married with four children.
“My work has enabled me to travel to hundreds of Alaskans communities and meet dozens of community leaders around the state,” said Moller. “I believe Mike Dunleavy is the best choice to help meet the challenges of all Alaskans, including Bush infrastructure, energy, safe water, and local job creation. I am fully committed to help Mike Dunleavy become our next Governor.”
Kristie Babcock is a business owner and soccer mom from Kenai. Raised in Anchorage, she has also lived in Wasilla, Juneau, Ninilchik and Soldotna. Babcock served as Director of Boards and Commissions for Governor Frank Murkowski and also for Governor Walter Hickel, managing and advising on gubernatorial appointments to the state’s 150 boards and commissions, judicial appointments, and exempt state positions. She was the youngest member of Governor Hickel’s senior staff (1991-1994). Babcock served on the 2004 Conference of Alaskans, a group of 55 Alaskans convened to discuss the state’s budget challenges, where she stood out as an unwavering defender of the Permanent Fund Dividend.
Babcock has extensive political experience, including serving as Kenai Co-Chair for Frank Murkowski’s 2002 campaign for Governor, and managing Lyda Green’s 1994 campaign for Senate in Mat-Su. She is married with three birth children, two adopted children from China, and three stepchildren. “Mike Dunleavy’s commitment to keeping Alaskans safe, prosperous and free explains why I’m enthusiastically backing his campaign for Governor,” said Babcock.
Campaign Manager Brett Huber shared, “Our campaign has tremendous momentum, with grass roots support growing every day. We’re delighted to match that robust grass roots support with the high caliber of leadership that Randolph, Moller, and Babcock provide. These three standout Alaskans will represent Mike Dunleavy in a marvelous way.”