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Former Alaska Senator Mark Begich on Governor’s race: “I’m in”

Just before 4:30 p.m. Friday, former Sen. Mark Begich turned in the paperwork to formally become a candidate for Governor. In an impromptu press conference moments later, Begich explained his decision to run.

“I see huge opportunity but I don’t see a vision. I don’t see where we’re heading in the next 20 years and I believe I can a fresh voice to the governor’s race that I think is desperately needed,” said Begich.

Mark Begich, former Senator for Alaska, announced to supporters in a letter that he is running for governor. The deadline to enter the race is June 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.

“Alaska is my home and I will not sit back and watch our state continue to fall behind,” Begich says in the letter.

Citing the highest unemployment in rate in the country, the FBI labeling Alaska as the most dangerous state in the country, and years of out of control state spending, Begich writes “With challenges like these, I am deeply concerned about the dangerous vision from the leading Republican candidate. We can and we must do better.”