Walker Will Not Run As A Write-In Candidate

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Bill Walker says he will not continue his gubernatorial bid. He says finishing second in the Republican primary last month – with about a third of the vote – led him to consider pursuing his chances through a write-in campaign. But he doesn’t think it’s likely he could win in a three candidate race.

Walker’s major opponents – Republican Sean Parnell and Democrat Ethan Berkowitz – have both made attempts to get the support of the 35,000 people who voted for Walker in the Primary election.

Berkowitz says he has met with Walker and offered him a role in his administration to lead his efforts to develop the All-Alaska gas project. He also says Walker raised other important issues that need to be considered.

Parnell issued a press release asking Walker’s supporters to, quote, “stand together against the Obama team in Alaska, Ethan Berkowitz and Diane Benson.” Walker says he is not likely to endorse either candidate.

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