Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott officially register for reelection run

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (left) and Gov. Bill Walker. The two filed for reelection today for another unaffiliated ticket. Pictured April 20, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Governor Bill Walker registered today as a candidate for next year’s election for governor. He’ll be joined again on an unaffiliated ticket by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott.

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Walker said being unaffiliated has helped him and Mallott work on issues without concern about party politics. It will allow them to avoid a primary battle before a general election that could include candidates from both major parties.

“I think it will be a lively race. I think there will be lots of competition, not for us certainly in the primary, but in the general,” Walker said. “So we’ll see how that plays out and we’ll just continue to do our job in making Alaska a safer place, and work on the fiscal situation and work on the future of the state, in terms of growing Alaska.”

Walker said they’ll point to their record, including expanding Medicaid coverage.

Lt Governor Mallott said they recently met with Democratic Party officials to thank them for their support three years ago and to let them know they would be running as independents. Mallott said he will keep his Democratic party affiliation despite running for office unaffiliated.

Mallott added that Walker has worked to close the budget gap, grow the economy and treat all Alaskans fairly.

“I think Alaskans are going to look at what Governor Walker has accomplished in his first four years, and say he did good,” Mallott said.

The Walker and Mallott campaigns must each gather roughly 3,200 signatures to be placed on the ballot.