Doubts raised about GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s Alaska creds must be working, because the campaign just put out in a response to those claims, using one of the best weapons they have: Sullivan’s wife Julie Fate Sullivan. The new ad isn’t exactly a roaring response, but it sets the stage for what could be one. ”I’m a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised here. Our roots go back thousands of years,” says Fate, which is more than any other spouse of any other Senate candidate can say.
Much is known about Sullivan. Less, however is known about his wife, who will likely play a larger, more visible role in the campaign, particularly if Sullivan wins the primary.
Fate, of Athabaskan descent, is the daughter of Mary Jane and Hugh “Bud” Fate, a highly respected Alaska couple from Fairbanks. Mary Jane was an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act advocate, one of the first Alaska Native woman to attend UAF, the first woman co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and the first woman on the board of Alaska Airlines. Bud was a dentist and served in the Alaska state House for four years.
Julie herself graduated cum laude from Harvard, has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, worked for Sen. Ted Sevens, was a reporter for the LA Times when Dan was on active Marine duty in California, and she spent four years as president of the PTA and continued to freelance when she moved back to Alaska in 1997.
She and Dan have three teenage daughters. Two of them were born in Alaska. All of them attend Anchorage public schools.