Why Byron Mallott and I have joined forces on one ticket

On Nov. 8, 1955, Bob Bartlett addressed the Alaska Constitutional Convention in a speech titled, “Meeting the Challenge.” In asking the delegates to set aside their partisan concerns, he recognized the divergent interests and backgrounds that had assembled for the great task. Bartlett aptly stated: “Here, in this element of compromise, is the very essence of the democratic process.”

Gov. Wally Hickel later reflected, “During the early days of Alaska, it wasn’t them and us. It was all of us.”

As Alaskans, we are strong when statesmanship trumps partisanship. We have proven this in times that are personal to me — Alaska Statehood, the 1964 earthquake, the devastating floods. When we pull together, we do not dilute our ideals, we don’t set aside our values – we come together for the greater good, and together, we are strong.

Bartlett also quoted Benjamin Franklin’s comments on the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, “When you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It … astonishes me to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does … Thus I consent to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure that it is not the best. The opinions I have of its errors I sacrifice to the public good.”

So Byron Mallott, Hollis French, Craig Fleener and I rise and to meet the challenge. The challenge before us is the economy, declining oil throughput, unprecedented deficit spending, exorbitant energy prices and the health, safety and well-being of our people. Read more >>>

Parnell’s 2014 Deficit Spending

@ $7 Million/Day


Walker Campaign Responds to Parnell Comments Regarding Merged Ticket

Following yesterday’s announcement that Byron Mallott will join Bill Walker on his no-party ticket, Governor Parnell handed down a series of attacks on Bill’s values and party affiliation. Bill Walker responded. Read more >>>

Walker & Mallott announce joint candidacy

We announced the joint independent ticket of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage today. We arrived at this decision to unify and form a joint independent ticket after meetings with our running mates, Senator Hollis French and Craig Fleener, our families, and other key advisers. This is an unprecedented move to advance an administration to move Alaska forward in a positive direction – one that makes every decision based on what is best for Alaska, not what is best for any political party, individual or interest group. Read more >>>

Breaking News!! Walker leading Parnell in 2-Way Race

In a statewide post-primary poll conducted August 20 – 22 by Hays Research Group, Bill Walker leads Sean Parnell by several percentage points in a hypothetical 2-way race for governor. Read more >>>

Free Falling @ $7 Million Per Day!

Alaska faces a multi-billion dollar deficit yet we are burning through our savings account at the rate of $7 million per day! Resources are being wasted while funding for education, infrastructure and critical services is threatened. Read more >>>

Bill Walker visiting with Bella Hammond in Lake Clark

A true lifetime highlight for me was receiving Bella Hammond’s invitation to come to Lake Clark & spend the day with her. At day’s end, she offered her full support as a campaign co-chair & planted a yard sign on the slice of paradise she and Gov. Jay Hammond created. Here are a few more snapshots from that memorable day.