Mother of slain teen files for lieutenant governor
The mother of a 16-year-old killed in a high-profile murder case is now running for statewide office. Edie Grunwald, the mother of David Grunwald, has filed for lieutenant governor.
Grunwald is running as a Republican candidate and says her main platform is to make Alaska tougher on crime -- especially lower level ones, she says, may have been a precursor to her son's murder.
David Grunwald went missing in the Mat-Su Valley last fall. Four teens now face charges in what court documents describe as a brutal murder -- involving kidnapping and beating.
If elected, Grunwald says she would work to reverse parts of Senate Bill 91, the criminal justice overhaul lawmakers approved last year. She also says the death penalty should be an option in cases like David's. Grunwald says Alaska should be tougher on lower level crimes to prevent them from escalating.
"If a couple of these guys would have been held accountable for their actions in a couple of those previous cases, my son would still be alive today," Grunwald said -- referring to the young men charged with her son's murder.
Grunwald now joins former Senate Presidents Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) and former Valley lawmaker Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla) in a bid for the seat. They all supported SB 91. Grunwald said that's the reason she decided to run.
"People need another choice," Grunwald said.
Gov. Bill Walker is asking lawmakers to make changes to SB 91 in a special session next month. Grunwald calls the elements of SB 54 a starting point but says she wants to see more comprehensive reform later.
Grunwald says she originally filed in hopes of partnering with Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla), who launched a campaign for governor in July but has since suspended his candidacy.