Gov. Bill Walker, right, takes the stage with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks in 2016. - Courtesy Photo, Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News

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Mallott: Walker will run again

August 10th, 2017 | Alex DeMarban / Alaska Dispatch News Print this article   Email this article  

Governor has not yet filed to run for offic?in 2018

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, an unusual political union that upended Alaska's 2014 gubernatorial race, will take another shot at the office in next year's election, Mallott tol?a Juneau radio station.

Mallott said he and Walker met Tuesday morning and decided t?run together again?radio station KINY-A?reporte?Wednesday.

"We have both decided that we will run again," Mallott said according to the station, adding, "You never say that in an absolute term because we have no idea what may occur."

Lindsay Hobson, Walker's daughter and his spokeswoman o?campaign-related questions, said Friday she could not confirm that the pair will run for re-election.

"That's not something we're commenting on now," she said.

Attempts to reach Walker and Mallott early Friday were unsuccessful. Neither has filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for offic?in 2018.

In an interview with The Associated Pres?on Saturday, Walker said, "I'm sure I'll run again."

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, announced in July that he plans to run for governor, becoming the first confirmed high-profile candidate in the 2018 race.

Two peopl?on Thursda?filed wit?APO?to run for lieutenant governor: Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and former Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, who lost the Republican primary in 2016 when she attempted to move up to the Senate.

Walker, who dropped his Republican membershi?and ran an independent campaign against incumbent Republican Sean Parnell in 2014, joined forces with Mallott, who had been the Democratic nominee for governor. The race had initially been a three-way contest amon?Parnell, Walker and Mallott, but the unity ticket changed everything.

The Alaska Democratic Party withdrew Mallott as its nominee and agreed to support Walker instead. For that to happen, the running mates of Walker and Mallot?dropped out of the race.

Walker has appointed Craig Fleener, his origina?running mate, as the head of the state's Washington, D.C., office. Walker appointed Hollis French, Mallott's former running mate, to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates oil wells.


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