In the 2014 gubernatorial race, Democratic State Senator Hollis French is out, clearing the field for Byron Mallott to run atop the party ticket.
In the 2014 gubernatorial race, Democratic State Senator Hollis French is in, running for lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket with Byron Mallott.
In the 2014 gubernatorial race, we finally may know what the field looks like. For better or worse.
French had filed for candidacy back in mid-August to a lukewarm reception, but shrouded his bid in hesitancy. The same day he announced, he told the Alaska Dispatch: “I will go on the record saying I do have a snowball’s chance in hell.” Not exactly a resounding self-endorsement.
Late last night, he posted on Facebook what many had been expecting:
Politics is an odd combination of individual effort and team effort. I have stepped forward many times and enjoyed your support. Tomorrow I am taking a step back for the good of the team. I’ve decided to run for Lt. Gov and to support Byron Mallott for Governor. I will need your help. Byron will need your help. I firmly believe that Alaska will be better if we win. Go team!
The Democrats will likely coalesce around Byron Mallott and Hollis French, though French will have to overcome Mat-Su teacher Bob Williams in the primary. Republicans will likely continue to support Sean Parnell, with either current Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, or south Anchorage State Senator Lesil McGuire filling out the bottom half of the GOP ticket. Departing Governor Lite, Mead Treadwell, is making a run for the US Senate (because that sounds like a whole lot of fun these days).
Somewhere in something we’ll call the political middle is Bill Walker, the independent candidate, running alongside Craig Fleener.