POLITICS: Campaigns

State must weigh in on independent candidacy for Alaska governor

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Public Offices Commission is being asked to decide whether Bill Walker and Craig Fleener can run as a joint campaign.

Walker, who finished second in the GOP gubernatorial primary in 2010, plans to run for governor as an independent next year. He has chosen former deputy Fish and Game commissioner Craig Fleener as his running mate.

Both men must get more than 3,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2014 general election ballot. The nominating petitions for both offices ask the candidates to identify their running mates.

The campaign's legal adviser, Lindsay Hobson, said in her request for a formal opinion this is clearly a joint campaign, and neither candidate can go forward without the other.

The commission is expected to take up the issue next week.

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