Again we hear reports that America’s lone Independent Governor, Bill Walker of Alaska, is planning to run for re-election next year but questions remain about whether he will continue on the Independent ballot line, join the Democrats, or even return to the Republican Party of which he is a former member. Considering the coalitions he helped develop with the legislature during the state budget fight, assisting Democrats to obtain functional control of the state Senate even though they are in a minority, Walker running as a Republican seems unrealistic.
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot, still a Democrat, confirms that he and Walker will again run as a ticket but did not offer any further information as to the partisan flavor of their next venture. The Democrats are awaiting a court ruling confirming a new party rule that would allow an Independent to run under the Democratic Party banner. Candidate filing doesn’t end until June 1st of next year, so there remains plenty of time for the Governor to make his decision.
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