By Melinda Munson

The Skagway Borough Assembly voted unanimously April 20 to appoint Alexandria (Alex) Weddell to fill former Assemblymember Reba Hylton’s seat until the October 2023 election. No other parties expressed interest in the position.

Weddell ran for assembly in October 2022, coming in third in a race with two open seats and six names on the ballot. 

A Skagway resident since 2016, Weddell resides in Dyea with her husband and two-year-old daughter, Delilah.

Weddell originally came to Skagway to work as a hostess for the Red Onion. She is now employed as the client services director for a Juneau law firm. 

Weddell said she has “always been an active volunteer.” Prior to having a baby, she served as a state member for the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 

While running for assembly, Weddell made it a point to attend every municipality meeting scheduled after 5 p.m.

“Congratulations, Alex,” said Assemblymember Orion Hanson. “You’ve already been putting in work showing up to  … every single committee meeting possible. Don’t burn out.”

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me. I plan to work very hard,” Weddell said.

She has already committed to run for assembly when her term ends in six months.