Parks withdraws from race for Gatto's seat

PALMER -- David J. Parks, one of three Republicans running to represent House District 13 in Palmer, announced Friday he is withdrawing from the race.

Republican Carl Gatto is the incumbent in the race. Don Benson of Palmer, a Republican, is also challenging Gatto in the Aug. 24 primary.

"A primary race with three candidates is statistically very difficult for a challenger to win. I could not continue to ask for the labor and financial support of my friends and family with such a narrow window of opportunity," Parks wrote in an e-mailed announcement.

Parks, 29, raised more than $11,000 between February 2009 and February 2010, according to his most recent report posted at Alaska Public Offices Commission.

In his e-mail, Parks said he is endorsing Benson in the race because "he has the leadership, integrity and vision the Valley deserves."

Parks also ran in the 2008 state primary race, in which he faced Gatto and another challenger, Florence Scott. Parks brought in nearly 24 percent of the vote, but it wasn't enough to unseat Gatto.

Anchorage Daily News