Gov. Bill Walker will run in the Democratic Primary this August, but he will remain an Independent, his campaign confirmed Friday.

“There was a lot of thought and preparation,” said Lindsay Hobson, Walker's campaign spokesperson. “We looked at all of our options and assessed this as a path to victory.”

Earlier this year, an order from the Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a Superior Court judge's decision in favor of the Alaska Democratic Party, which wanted to allow undeclared and non-partisan candidates to run in Democratic primaries. The Division of Elections initially denied the request in 2016. 

If Walker wins the Democratic Primary, he'll run as an Independent in the general election. 

Walker defeated incumbent Sean Parnell in 2014 as an independent after joining forces with Democrat Byron Mallott on what they called a unity ticket.

Earlier Friday, Hobson announced the campaign team, which includes a former member of Walker’s administration, John-Henry Heckendorn.

Henckendorn will now be the governor’s campaign manager.

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