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Parnell's Controversial Assessment Board Nominee Withdraws Name

Published On: Mar 13 2014 12:00:00 PM AKDT
Parnell State of the State
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A California man appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to the board that reviews the tax value the trans-Alaska pipeline has withdrawn his name from consideration.
    
Dennis Mandell said it was his decision. After talking with legislators, he said his nomination appeared to be a political issue and he didn't want it to become a problem for Parnell.
    
The former oil company analyst had been scheduled for a confirmation hearing before Senate Finance.
    
The committee Thursday heard the nomination of Parnell's other appointee to the board, Bernard Washington of Anchorage. His name was advanced to a joint session of the Legislature, which will decide whether to confirm.
    
State law says board appointees must be registered voters in Alaska. Parnell argues the constitution requires appointees to quasi-judicial boards to be U.S. citizens.