Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The deadline to file to run for Alaska offices is 5 pm today.
In the Governors race all eyes were on former US Senator Mark Begish. There have been indications he will file by the deadline to run as a democrat. If that happens Governor Bill Walker plans to run as an independent and not compete in the democratic primary.
On the republican side Mike Chenault dropped out of the race as he cited personal and other issues. Mike Dunleavy has been leading the polls in the primary.
In other state races Senators Kevin Meyer and Gary Stevens are running for Lt. Governor in the republican primary.
Four candidates are running for Senate in District E including appointee Mike Shower and rep. George Rauscher.
Rep. Lora Reinbold and Dan Saddler are running for Senate seat G.
Jesse Kiehl a democrat and Don Etheridge an independent are running for Senate district Q.
In house district 33 Independent Chris Dimond, and democrats Steven Handy and Sara Hannan are in the race.
In district 35 Jonathan Kreiss Tomkins is opposed by two republicans Kenny Skaflestad of Hoonah and Dr. Richard Wein of Sitka.
In district 36 Dan Ortiz is the only candidate at this point. In district 34 Andi Story, Jerry Nankervis and Rob Edwardson have announced plans to run.
According to the Alaska Division of Elections website, former rep. Zach Fansler, who resigned from the house, is running in the democratic primary against the woman appointed to replace him Tiffany Zulkosky, in district 38. Fansler had been accused of assaulting a female in a Juneau motel room. No criminal charge was ever filed..
Begich has still not filed to run for governor while a potential Republican candidate, former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, was not saying if he will enter the race. Treadwell planned to make a statement by the end of the day.
The Anchorage Daily news reported that Debra Call, 63, of Anchorage, has filed to run as lieutenant governor. She told the paper that Begish had asked her to be his running mate Thursday night.
Former Seward mayor and state commissioner Edgar Blatchford also has filed to run for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary. Another potential candidate in the Republican primary, businessman John Binkley of Fairbanks, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006, said he will not run this year.
State rep. Scott Kawasaki filed to run against Senate President Pete Kelly in senate District A today.