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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Second Bill from Valdez to run for second term as governor

Campaign makes its formal announcement for Walker/Mallott ticket

 

August 24, 2017

Photo courtesy Walker for Alaska

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Gov. Bill Walker walking together in Juneau.

He's survived massive budget deficits, an uncooperative legislature and a cancer diagnosis - and now he is poised to face another great challenge - a second run governor.

Yes, it's official. Walker for Alaska and Mallott for Alaska announced Monday that Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will be seeking re-election in the November 2018 elections.

Both filed for reelection with the Division of Elections in Juneau according to Lindsay Hobson, Walker's daughter who is the campaign's interim spokesperson.

The incumbents have each filed to run separately as non-partisan candidates according to the campaign.

Earlier this month, Walker dodged questions by reporters seeking answers after Mallott said in a radio interview the week before that both he and Walker would seek re-election.

"You know I'm here in Valdez to celebrate the Gold Rush Days," he said during a small press conference held at the museum annex. "It's good to be home, sign a bill; this trip isn't about anything but trying to fix Alaska right now."

When pressed he would not verify or deny Mallott's statements.

"I've said a number of times in the past, in numerous interviews, that we probably will," Walker said at the time.

Walker and Mallott's pairing was an unusual arrangement that shook up political observers across the U.S.

Walker, a former Republican candidate who ran as an independent in the 2014 campaign, and Mallott, who was running for governor under the Democratic ticket, stunned the political world when they announced the Unity Ticket. Walker would continue his bid for the governor's seat and Mallott would run as his Lt. Governor.

Valdez Star file photo

Gov. Bill Walker and his first lady, Donna, in the Gold Rush Parade in Valdez earlier this month.

Walker said at the time that during numerous gubernatorial debates during the election cycle he found himself agreeing with Mallott more often than not - so why not join forces against the incumbent, Sean Parnell.

The unusual strategy put both in office, as Alaska began to see a massive drop off in revenues as low oil prices and high incentives paid to producers began to eat into the state's oil-based economy.

"In order to appear on the November 2018 general election ballot, each candidate will gather 3,213 signatures. The candidates will run separate campaigns until the collected signatures are submitted on August 21, 2018 - the date of the primary election," the campaign said Monday. "As separate candidates, they can participate in shared campaign activities so long as each candidate shares an equal cost of the activity and files a shared campaign activity form with the Alaska Public Offices Commission."

 

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