2014-09-03T034628Z_1_LYNXMPEA82046_RTROPTP_2_PALIN

Democrat, independent join forces to unseat Alaska governor

Newly inaugurated Alaska Governor Sean Parnell waves to crowd after being sworn in at the annual Governor's Picnic in FairbanksAlaska’s Democratic and independent candidates for governor have decided to team up as running mates in the upcoming November election in a rare deal aimed at defeating the conservative state’s Republican incumbent. Bill Walker, who dropped his Republican affiliation, and Democrat Byron Mallott introduced themselves as partners on the independent ticket on Tuesday at a news conference in downtown Anchorage. “As the campaign progressed it became clear that we shared many beliefs in Alaska, in a very similar way,” Mallott said. “I could not have made the decision if I did not come to know, and trust, and believe in the integrity of Bill Walker,” he said.

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