Ex-labor commissioner files intent to run for state Senate

Associated PressMay 17, 2012 

Click Bishop has announced plans to run for a state Senate seat, less than two months after retiring as Alaska's labor commissioner.

According to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Bishop filed a letter of intent this month to run for a Senate seat in Fairbanks.

His letter didn't specify which district, and there's no indication he has yet filed with the Division of Elections. Fairbanks' two current Senate seats are held by Democrats Joe Paskvan and Joe Thomas. Under the latest redistricting proposal, Thomas and Sen. John Coghill, a North Pole Republican, would be in the same district.

Bishop didn't immediately return messages Thursday.

In March, Bishop retired as labor commissioner, a position he'd held since 2007, telling the governor his family looked forward to having him home full time.

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