Walker, Mallott to run for re-election on joint ticket, Mallott says
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will seek a second four-year term from the state’s voters next year, according to Mallott.
Mallott made an informal announcement in Juneau Wednesday, telling radio station KINY that “we have both decided that we will run again” and that the two would do whatever they opt to do together.
Alaska Public Offices Commission data Friday did not show a formal re-election bid filed by Walker. In January, however, the administration hired campaign strategist and political consultant John-Henry Heckendorn – who worked with several successful Democratic Legislature candidates in 2016 -- as a special assistant.
A spokeswoman for the Walker-Mallott campaign, Lindsay Hobson, told KTVA that she had no comment on Mallott’s statement Friday. Walker’s deputy press secretary, Jonathan Taylor, declined to discuss the matter as a partisan political issue.
Walker ran as an independent against Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell in 2014. He was joined by Mallott, the Democratic candidate in the race, to form a “unity ticket” that ended Parnell’s re-election bid in an upset defeat.
John Grobe contributed information to this story.