Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission today to run for governor. He is a Republican.
Dunleavy, who represents District E, left the Republican caucus earlier this spring after breaking with the caucus about cutting the Permanent Fund dividend as part of the overall state budget solution.
His plan was to make more significant cuts to government spending and restructure the Permanent Fund in such a way that the dividends were fully funded in the traditionally calculated method. Before parting ways with the caucus, he served on the Senate Finance committee and was chaired the State Affairs committee.
A former superintendent of schools, Dunleavy earned a bachelor’s of arts in history from College Misericordia, now known as Misericordia University, in Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in education at UAF.
His political experience includes being elected a board member of the Mat-Su School District, where he served also as board president.
His resume includes working as a superintendent, principal, vice principal, teacher, program manager of the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project, and owner of an education consultancy.
He is married and has three children.
“We welcome a strong candidate to the Republican primary race for Governor,” said Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. “The Republican Party looks to Alaskans to choose the best Republican candidate, and then we expect our team to offer the best choice for Governor in 2018. The race is on! Our platform is clear for the Republican team: More oil and gas = low taxes = more jobs. Our State Convention is planned for Anchorage, March 8-10, and we invite all Republicans to save the date.”
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Dunleavy wasn’t the first Republican to file for governor for 2018. That award goes to Michael Sheldon of Petersburg, who filed his letter of intent and has a web site.
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