JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Bill Walker is planning to run as an unaffiliated candidate for governor next year.
If he qualifies, Walker would avoid a primary with Gov. Sean Parnell and get his name on the November general election ballot.
Walker, in a statement, said it seems to him that if you don't support the oil tax cut the Legislature recently passed, you're not considered a "good Republican."
He says that while he'll remain a "traditional" Alaska Republican, it's time to put party politics aside.
Walker is a former mayor of Valdez known for his support of an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline.
He finished behind Parnell in the 2010 GOP primary and at times complained that Parnell didn't participate in more debates.