Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy has earned another endorsement from an Alaska Native regional corporation.

The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) board of directors voted to endorse Dunleavy at a special meeting in Utqiagvik on Friday. The vote comes less than a week after the incumbent, independent Gov. Bill Walker dropped out of the race.

"When it came down to considering the policies and priorities of each of the two remaining top candidates, the choice became clear," said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “We believe Mike Dunleavy is closely aligned with our values, which will create additional stability in our communities as well as opportunities for our shareholders."

Other issues important to ASRC include Dunleavy's commitment to protecting the Permanent Fund and his stated focus on reducing crime across the state.

"After a recent meeting with Dunleavy on the North Slope, I was impressed by his commitment to the future of this state - his desire to create additional economic opportunities for the people across my region and working with local municipalities," added Crawford Patkotak, ASRC board chairman. "We need his strong leadership now more than ever in Juneau."

Dunleavy was endorsed by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region's Calista Corp. on Monday.

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