Parnell officially files for governor

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell filed a letter of intent Wednesday to run for a full term as governor in 2010. The filing allows Parnell to form a campaign committee and begin raising funds.

In a press release, he said his priority remains Alaska's economy.

"We have a lot more work to do as we position our economy for growth and our people for opportunity. Alaska's resources need to be more fully explored and developed, our young people need to be better prepared in school for jobs, and Alaskans need a steady hand on the state's finances so our state lives within its means," he said.

Parnell was elected lieutenant governor in 2006 and became Alaska's 10th governor after Gov. Sarah Palin resigned in July. Parnell's political life has included two terms in the Alaska House of Representatives and one term in the Alaska State Senate.

He actively practiced law in Alaska for about 13 years. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married 22 years and have two children.

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