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Our Endorsed Candidates

Henrik Wessel
Susitna West District

Henrik Wessel
Susitna West District
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Daniel Baldwin
Susitna East District
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About the Candidates

Henrik Wessel for the Susitna West District Seat

Henrik Wessel runs a fishing lodge in the Susitna River Valley, and owns the historic Fairview Inn in Talkeetna. He worked as the Environmental Officer for Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) in Fairbanks for almost 10 years, and developed wind and battery systems in interior Alaska. He is originally from Norway, but has been an Alaskan for 35 years. He wants to use his background with Northern climate energy issues and challenges, and work on solutions for reliable affordable energy that can bring more local jobs and economic stability without sacrificing our land and water resources. Check out his website here!

Daniel Baldwin for the Susitna East District Seat

Daniel Baldwin is a 5th generation Alaskan who traveled throughout the state with his bush pilot father growing up. He is a hard-working union laborer and prioritizes helping his community with good jobs for future generations of Alaskans. He worked as a substitute teacher throughout the MatSu Valley prior to his work as a construction laborer. He knows the importance of teaching others and making sure they have the right tools to succeed. He has lived in Wasilla with his wife and three young children for 4 years. Check out his website here!

Important Election Dates
  • Thursday, April 4: Ballots will be mailed out and online voting will begin at 12pm Noon. You can vote online where you pay bills online through your SmartHub account. See how to vote online here.

  • Friday, April 5, at 2pm: MEA Virtual Candidate Forum hosted by the MEA Election Committee. You can register here.

  • Monday, April 29, 5pm: Mail-in ballots must be received by 5pm (not postmarked) and online voting ends.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 3pm: MEA Annual Meeting at the Glenn Massay Theater at the Mat-Su College (8295 E College Dr, Palmer, AK 99645). District members can vote in-person, and they announce the winners at the end.

Get Involved!

We are always looking for volunteers to do outreach with us about the MEA elections and candidates. Even just a couple hours of your work can make a big difference for our communities. If you would like to be involved or donate, please get in touch with June Okada, our energy coordinator at

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