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How Walker/Mallott came to be

Alaska Dispatch News

On Monday night, a vote by the Alaska Democratic Party's central committee cleared the way for Bill Walker and Byron Mallott to join forces on an independent ticket for governor. Walker will drop his Republican registration, while Mallott, who steps into the lieutenant governor position, will remain a registered Democrat; however, the pair will run as independents, leaving the top of the ticket without a Democratic nominee for the first time in Alaska history. Here's a look at what led up to that historic decision.

  1. 1 Bill Walker declares intent for 2nd run at Alaska governor's office

    On Thursday, Bill Walker became the first major candidate to declare his intention to file for the Alaska Republican gubernatorial primary in 2014.

  2. 2 Bill Walker switches from Republican to independent in his gubernatorial bid

    Bill Walker, an oil and gas attorney and former Valdez mayor, has announced he'll be running for governor as an independent in 2014, bypassing the Republican primary.

  3. 3 Byron Mallott to run for Alaska governor

    Democrat Byron Mallott is already a known quantity in many Alaska circles as a man with a diverse résumé and depth of experience. Now, he'll make a run at the state's highest office in 2014.

  4. 4 French decision helps clear way for Mallott in governor's race

    Sen. Hollis French says he is "taking a step back for the good of the team," by deciding not to run for governor and endorsing Byron Mallott for the Democratic nomination.

  5. 5 Alaska Democratic Party leaders offer Mallott a unanimous endorsement for governor

    Leaders of the Alaska Democratic Party on Saturday offered a unanimous endorsement for Byron Mallott of Yakutat, who officially kicked off his campaign for state governor on Tuesday.

  6. 6 Craig Fleener declares run for lieutenant governor with independent Bill Walker

    A new name has been thrown into the race to be Alaska's next lieutenant governor. Former deputy Fish and Game Commissioner Craig Fleener has joined the race as an unaffiliated candidate.

  7. 7 Democrats back indie candidate Walker for governor; team Parnell shrugs

    A trio of old-school Alaska Democratic leaders with ties to the port and pipeline city of Valdez have thrown their support behind independent candidate for governor Bill Walker.

  8. 8 Union leader urges Mallott, Walker to join forces in race for governor

    Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.

  9. 9 AFL-CIO declines to endorse candidate for governor in 3-way race

    As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.

  10. 10 Parnell vs. Walker vs. Mallott: Just another 3-person race

    With two dull campaigns from the major party candidates and an independent trying to prove he’s relevant and electable, the talk so far about the 2014 governor’s race is less about issues than about the notion that three people are running.

  11. 11 Candidates meet to discuss possibility of Walker-Mallott ticket

    Democrat Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker have been meeting since midweek to discuss whether they should merge their gubernatorial campaigns into a bipartisan or nonpartisan unity ticket.

  12. 12 Democrats schedule party meetings for decision on unity ticket

    As merger talks continued Labor Day between Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker, the Democratic Party scheduled evening meetings of its governing body to ratify a deal on a unity ticket -- if one can be struck.

  13. 13 Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race

    The Alaska Democratic Party broke with long tradition Monday when its central committee voted 89-2 to not field a gubernatorial ticket and instead put its weight behind the independent campaign of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott.