The Alaska Democratic Party has elected a new chairman: Mike Wenstrup of Fairbanks. Wenstrup was the first vice chair for the party under Chairwoman Casey Steinau of Big Lake and he served previously as chairman from 2013-2016.
Wenstrup, originally from the Midwest, had a Fairbanks law practice specializing in criminal defense, workers’ compensation, and elder law. He was a public defender for those needing a court-appointed attorney.
In 2015, he closed his practice and joined NEA-Alaska (National Education Association) as a full-time union representative and organizer for 12,000 members in Alaska. He is past chair of the Interior Democrats. Wenstrup earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Democrats have been meeting in Seward over Mothers Day weekend at their convention, where they listened to speakers, gave awards, updated the party platform, and voted in officers.