Politics & Government

Gov. Parnell appoints conservative Stowers to Alaska Supreme Court

Gov. Sean Parnell has made his first appointment to the Alaska Supreme Court, an Anchorage Superior Court judge who is considered a conservative among the field from which Parnell could pick.

Parnell announced his choice of Judge Craig Stowers on Wednesday, citing his "character, legal experience, his strong work ethic, his intellect, and his record of service to Alaska's people."

Stowers was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004. He was previously a civil attorney and founding partner in the law firm Clapp, Peterson and Stowers, which specialized in defending professionals such as doctors and lawyers. He was among seven candidates nominated by the nonpartisan Alaska Judicial Council for Parnell to choose from, out of a record 25 who applied to fill the seat of the retired Justice Robert Eastaugh.

Stowers is president of the board of Anchorage-based Christian Health Associates, a nonprofit involved in medical care for low-income people and "pastoral and clinical counseling."

"I care deeply about people, families, Alaska and law. I have an abiding love of theology and strive to follow Micah 6:8," Stowers wrote in his application to the judicial council.

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