By Michelle Theriault Boots
Anchorage Daily News 

Former state senator Arlis Sturgulewski dies at 94


April 13, 2022

Longtime Anchorage civic activist and trailblazing politician Arliss Sturgulewski died last Thursday, her family said. She was 94.

Raising a young son after her husband died in a plane crash, Sturgulewski became involved in Anchorage politics in the 1970s and later served as a state senator for more than a decade, shaping important institutions of modern Alaska with a collaborative, moderate approach.

In 1986 she became the first Alaska woman to head the ticket for a major political party’s gubernatorial campaign.

The moderate Republican’s campaign slogan: “Let’s just call her Gover...

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