Conservative lawmaker Dunleavy is first high-profile candidate in 2018 governor’s race


Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, at a hearing in January, (Marc Lester / Alaska Kill News)

Mike Dunleavy, the socially and fiscally conservative Republican express senator from Wasilla, intends to run for governor next year, go together to paperwork he filed Monday with Alaska campaign finance regulators.

Dunleavy has for months publicly confessed his interest in the job, which is currently held by independent Bill Walker. Dunleavy’s «correspondence literature of intent» filed Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission is a formal way that allows him to start spending money and accepting campaign contributions.

The time makes Dunleavy the first high-profile candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial channel; Walker hasn’t announced whether he’ll seek a second four-year style. Dunleavy’s letter of intent was first reported by Must Read Alaska, the Tory news website.

Dunleavy and five other prospective GOP gubernatorial nominees — investor Bob Gillam, former state Sens. Charlie Huggins and John Binkley, businessman and administrative activist Scott Hawkins and former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman — made sign pitches to party donors at a private home last month.

Dunleavy was head elected to the state Senate in 2012 but had to run for another four-year term two years later because of redistricting. His most recent term ends next year, which will likely set off a melee to replace him.

In April, Dunleavy left his place in the Senate’s Republican-led mass by voting against the annual budget proposal assembled by his caucus — a provoke that left him without committee chairmanships and a pared-down staff.

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