Former DNR Commish Dan Sullivan Announces Senate Run

Former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced he’s running for U.S. Senate this morning in Anchorage.

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Sullivan is joining a crowded field of Republicans trying to unseat Democrat Mark Begich next November.

Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage.
Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage.

In his speech, Sullivan wore jeans and work boots with a jacket and tie. With his wife and three daughters standing beside him, he said one focus of his campaign will be to fight against federal overreach.

“Now many people talk about this idea, but I am proud to have been on the front lines over the past four years actually fighting the fight, in the arena every day on this very critical issue,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan says he resigned as DNR commissioner in September to focus “110%” on the Senate campaign. He also served as Alaska’s Attorney General and is a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corp Reserves. He will campaign against Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller to win the Republican primary in August.

Sullivan says he will start his campaign across the state today with stops in Wasilla and Fairbanks.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie