Lawmaker David Wilson withdraws from lieutenant governor's race
The state senator who made headlines for allegedly slapping a reporter in the face during this year's legislative session filed, then withdrew plans to run for lieutenant governor next election.
Sen. David Wilson (R-Wasilla) had signed a letter of intent to run in the 2018 state primary election, according to Wednesday data from the Alaska Public Offices Commission, but amended the filing to indicate he was not running for office.
Wilson made headlines in May when Alaska Dispatch News political reporter Nathaniel Herz claimed Wilson slapped him across the face because of a story he published.
An ADN report on the encounter said it happened in the main stairwell of the state Capitol after Herz approached Wilson about the story, which looked into why a bill Wilson introduced which would reduce funding of Mat-Su social-services groups did not affect Alaska Family Services. Wilson worked for the Palmer-based nonprofit through his election last fall.
Juneau police forwarded the incident to prosecutors in late May as a harassment case, according to public radio station KTOO. No final charging decision had yet been reached Wednesday, according to Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson with the state Office of Special Prosecutions.
Three people, including state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, have filed to run for governor.