Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy's swearing-in ceremony to be held in Noorvik

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy announced Saturday evening that his swearing-in ceremony will be held Dec. 3 in the remote village of Noorvik.

“The decision to hold the swearing in ceremony in Noorvik was made by the governor-elect himself, in an effort to honor and recognize residents of rural Alaska, whom he called neighbors for almost 20 years,” according to a statement released by Dunleavy’s transition team.

Dunleavy explained that his wife Rose, an Inupiaq woman, grew up in Noorvik which sits on the Kobuk River, about 40 miles away from Kotzebue.

An inaugural celebration will then be held Dec. 4 in Wasilla, which is the current home of Dunleavy and his family.

The governor-elect also announced two co-chairs of inaugural celebrations: Cynthia Henry and Rina Salazar.

A press release from Dunleavy’s office stated that Henry is an Alaska National Committeewoman for the Republican National Committee who has also served on the Fairbanks School Board and on the Board of Regents for the University of Alaska.

Salazar is described as having spent a “lifetime organizing events for organizations like a Filipino civic organization, Operation Christmas Child, Standing Together Against Rape (STAR), and many more.”