Mallott, Walker could team up

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott could be proceeding in the election with a different title in mind: lieutenant governor.

The Mallott and Bill Walker camps have been in talks over the weekend about the possibility of joining forces, according to a news release from Walker, the independent candidate for governor.

Although an agreement has not yet been reached, Walker would remain the gubernatorial candidate with Mallott running for lieutenant governor on a bipartisan or non-partisan ticket, according to reports from The Associated Press. The current lieutenant governor candidates, Hollis French and Craig Fleener, would have to resign.

“The two campaigns are in continued discussions today about the components of a combined campaign,” Mallott spokeswoman Laury Scandling said in an email Monday. “A number of formalized steps must yet occur if a unified ticket is to be created.”

All four candidates have been involved in the discussions, according to the news release from Walker’s office.

“Bill Walker invited Byron Mallott, Hollis French and Craig Fleener, along with key advisors to meetings to evaluate the possibility of an unprecedented fusion of Republican and Democrat candidates in an unaffiliated ticket to advance a united, Alaska First team to represent all Alaskans,” the release stated.

A final decision will probably be announced by noon Tuesday. Any changes to the ballot must be made by that day.

Scandling referred questions about the discussions to Walker spokeswoman Lindsay Hobson, who was not available for comment by press time.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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