With Independent Gov. Bill Walker already seeking re-election as a nominee of neither major party, another GOP outsider has stepped forward. Energy company business owner and BIPAC chairman Scott Hawkins declared his candidacy this week, expanding the GOP field to three candidates. The other two serious contenders are former state Senate President Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla) and state Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski). Due to a medical condition, state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla) has withdrawn from the statewide race. Former US Sen. Mark Begich (D) has not ruled out entering the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
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