Walker, former Alaska governor, to seek the office again

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced plans Tuesday to run for governor again and said his former labor commissioner, Heidi Drygas, would be his running mate.

Walker dropped his 2018 re-election bid weeks before that year's election following the resignation of his lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott. Republican Mike Dunleavy won the race and recently filed a letter of intent to seek re-election.

The election is next year and will be held under a new format, with the top four vote-getters in the primary moving to the general election, and candidates for governor and lieutenant governor running as a team for the primary.

Drygas said both she and Walker are independents.

Walker, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, said he was prompted to run after hearing concerns from Alaskans that issues facing the state weren't being fixed.

Debate over fiscal policy and the future of the oil-wealth check paid to residents were key issues when Walker was governor and remain so.

Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press

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