AK Independence Party Says No to Walker

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The Alaskan Independence Party has selected Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson as its candidate for lieutenant governor.

But AIP leaders say they’re sticking with the party’s candidate for governor, Don Wright, over Bill Walker, who lost to Gov. Sean Parnell in the Aug. 24 Republican party primary election and has been looking for ways to continue his campaign.

AIP chairwoman Lynette Clark says Wright had been considering stepping down as the candidate, but told party leaders Saturday that he planned to stay on the ballot for the November general election. Wright could not immediately be reached Sunday.

Olson, who lives on the Kenai Peninsula, says he is commander of a growing group called the Alaska Citizens Militia.

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