Former Alaska Legislator and former gubernatorial candidate John Binkley says he won't run for governor in the 2018 election, "unless something extraordinary happens between now and Friday afternoon."

Binkley continued Thursday, "Except there will be a lot of changes between now and tomorrow at 5:00." 

Binkley came in second to Sarah Palin in the Republican party's 2006 for governor. 

The Alaska Oil & Gas Association (AOGA) confirmed Rep. Mike Chenault is no longer a participant in its gubernatorial debate Thursday.

Former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said Wednesday that he is considering running for the seat. When asked whether Binkley's announcement Thursday means he will run, Treadwell replied by text, "Of course the decision by John and the decision by Mike Chenault is a major factor for any potential candidate considering a run. Certainly, it increases the odds I will run."

Binkley didn't respond for requests for clarification on whether there is a set of circumstances under which he would run for governor.

Binkley is the father of Ryan, Kai Wade, and James Binkley, members of the Binkley Group, which purchased Alaska's Largest Newspaper -- the Anchorage Daily News -- in the fall of 2017. 

Binkley served in both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate in the 1980s. 

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