Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director Lindsay Kavanaugh faces charges including driving under the influence and criminal mischief after being pulled over in the early hours of July 2 while driving just south of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway.
According to a report from the Alaska State Troopers, Kavanaugh was pulled over for “moving violations” around 1:20 a.m. on July 2 and an “investigation revealed the operator … was impaired by alcoholic beverages.” Kavanaugh allegedly refused both a breath test and a chemical test after being arrested for DUI, and later while in custody she allegedly unplugged some unspecified trooper equipment, which landed her with a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.
Alaska Democratic Party Chair Mike Wenstrup said he was disappointed by Kavanaugh’s actions but that he ultimately stands by her work heading the party.
“I am disappointed that my friend and colleague may have exercised poor judgment while on personal leave and jeopardized the safety of herself and others. As Executive Director, Lindsay’s performance to date has been exemplary. I remain confident in her ability to perform her responsibilities as she continues to move the Alaska Democratic Party forward.”
Kavanaugh has held the position of executive director since 2019.