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Alaskan Independence Party picks Walker

Posted: May 1, 2014 - 11:03pm

The Alaskan Independence Party announced Thursday that it is endorsing Bill Walker and Craig Fleener for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively.

According to a press release, the decision was made at the party’s recent statewide conference. AIP chairwoman Lynnette Clark said Walker sought the endorsement in 2010 but failed to secure it. His showing at the polls that year, however, began to change minds.

“His devotion to the principle of ‘equal footing’ with the other states, his willingness to accept responsibility to hold the federal government within its Constitutional limits, and his devotion to our personal liberties, all combine nicely with the fact that as an independent he has removed himself from the corrupt two-party system,” Clark said in the release. “This makes him the ideal candidate in the 2014 race.”

Clark went on to say that should Walker ask to be the party’s nominee, the group would “welcome him with open arms.”

The party is the third-largest in the state with about 15,000 members. The larger parties, Republicans and Democrats, have about 135,000 and 75,000 members, respectively.

• Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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