Gov. Bill Walker, the nation’s lone Independent state chief executive, has been expected to seek re-election next year, but whether he would again run as an Independent or switch to the Democrats, or even his former Republican Party, has been a matter of conjecture. Yesterday, the Governor announced that he and Democratic Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot would again run as a ticket under the Independent banner. The Alaska Democratic Party, however, is considering changing its by-laws to allow a non-Democrat to run on the party ticket. Therefore, it is conceivable that next year’s state party delegates could choose to draft the Walker-Mallot ticket as their de facto nominee slate.
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