ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Friday the Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors responded to requests for Andy Baker’s removal as the chair of the board due to a conflict of interest, saying it would not be making any changes to its membership.
“The Iditarod Board of Directors had a meaningful dialogue regarding the IOFC’s letter requesting the resignation of Andy Baker at today’s board meeting. After much discussion, the board unanimously decided that they are going to stand by the previous statement and no changes will be made," the board said in a statement Friday.
Thursday, the Official Iditarod Finishers Club demanded Baker's resignation, as he is the brother of musher John Baker, a former champion who is signed up for this year's race.
That call came after a report by the Foraker Group urged race leadership to eliminate conflicts of interest among its board members.
But the Iditarod Board says it wants to get through the 2018 Iditarod before making any changes.
"With 21 days until the start of the race, the board and staff's focus continues to be staging and implementing a safe, successful 2018 race for the sled dogs, mushers, fans, volunteers and race personnel along the trail," the statement said.
The board said it would address any changes at its meeting on April 13, after the completion of the 2018 race.