House candidate Anthony Lekanof issued the following statement tonight:
“Following a situation last Friday, I was arrested on suspicion of OUI while attempting to recover my stolen wallet and cell phone from an event I was attending.
“As a candidate for office, I’m aware of what this situation looks like from the outside.
“While some will use this to diminish my campaign and my ability to lead, I hope that, over the coming weeks, I’ll be able to earn back the trust that I may have lost as a result of this decision.
“On the advice of my mentors and campaign team, I’ve chosen to focus on the issues at hand, and will let the process run its course. I greatly appreciate your support and prayers.”
Lekanof is running for House District 18, a seat now occupied by Democrat Harriet Drummond. He is 21 years old and has been a rising force in the Alaska political scene as an Alaska Native and a Republican.
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.