Bill Walker Announces Plans To Run For Governor

Republican Bill Walker announced plans today to run as an unaffiliated candidate for governor next year.

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If he gathers the required signatures to qualify, Walker would avoid a primary with Governor Sean Parnell and get his name on the November general election ballot.

Walker, in a statement, said it seems to him that if you don’t support the oil tax cut recently passed by the Legislature, and championed by Parnell, then you’re not considered a “good Republican.”

He said that while he’ll remain a “traditional” Alaska Republican, it’s time to put party politics aside and “aggressively pursue what is in the best interests of Alaskans.”

Walker is a former mayor of Valdez known for his support of an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline.

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