Treadwell Authorizes Walker-Mallott Ticket for Nov. Ballot
September 2, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell has authorized candidate for Governor William M. “Bill” Walker to add Byron Mallott as his running mate in the 2014 general election to be held this November.
The Division of Elections has accepted the withdrawals of Byron Mallott as the Democratic candidate for Governor, Hollis French as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and Craig Fleener as Walker’s original running mate by petition.
Treadwell’s decision was in response to a request from the four candidates for an emergency regulation which authorizes Mallott as a candidate for lieutenant governor. Treadwell issued the regulation based on the advice of Attorney General Michael Geraghty and the Department of Law. A precedent for this case was set during the 2006 gubernatorial election, and was based on opinions of the Department of Law dating back to 1982.
The law clearly sets out a procedure for political parties to designate candidates after the withdrawal of another candidate, but does not state a procedure for independent candidates, who reach the ballot by petition, to do the same. The emergency regulation adopted today outlines the procedure.
Ballots for the November general election are scheduled to go to the printer this week.