Bill Walker (Alaska)

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Bill Walker
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Candidate for
Governor
PartyIndependent
Education
High schoolValdez High School (1969)
Bachelor'sLewis and Clark College, Portland (1973) (Business Administration)
J.D.University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) (1983)
Personal
Place of birthFairbanks
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionFaith Christian Community Church
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Bill Walker is an Independent candidate for Governor of Alaska in the 2014 elections. Although Walker is known for his affiliation with the Republican Party, by running as an Independent, he avoids having to face incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell in the party's primary.[1]

Walker's running-mate is former deputy fish and game commissioner Craig Fleener. Walker selected Fleener to join his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor, and Fleener resigned from his commission post in order to enter the race.[2]

Walker is the founder of Walker Richards LLC law firm, where he has practiced since 1985.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska Gubernatorial election, 2014

Walker is running for election to the office of Governor. He is running on an Independent ticket alongside Craig Fleener, whom Walker selected as his running-mate for lieutenant governor. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell was first elected in 2010 and is seeking a second term in 2014. Parnell considered mounting a bid for Congress in the 2014 electoral cycle, but ultimately settled on running for re-election as governor.

Parnell announced his intention to pursue another term as Alaska's chief executive official in May 2013.[4][5] By the following May, Parnell appeared to be in strong standing for re-election. A Public Policy Poll showed the incumbent leading three potential general election opponents by at least 10 points, meanwhile The Cook Political Report released another round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings and labeled the Alaska Governor's seat as "Solid Republican" under Parnell.[6]

Parnell defeated three challengers, Gerald L. "Tap" Heikes, Russ Millette and Brad Snowden, to secure the party's re-nomination in the August 19 primary. The Democratic-Libertarian-Independence (or "ADL") primary ballot included Democrats Byron Mallott and Phil Stoddard, as well as Libertarian Carolyn "Care" Clift. Mallott won the ADL primary for the chance to face Parnell in the general election. Joining them in November are unaffiliated contender Bill Walker and, pending verification of his petition signatures, J.R. Myers of the Alaska Constitution Party.[7]

Republican, Democratic, Alaskan Independence and Libertarian Party candidates do not need to petition to appear on the ballot in Alaska.[8] This year, Alaska Constitution Party Chairman J.R. Myers wants to add his party to the list, and become its first viable candidate for governor since the Alaska Constitution Party was established in 2010. Myers was required to turn in 3,017 valid petition signatures by August 19 for a place on the November ballot. If he earns a minimum of 3% of the 2014 general election vote, the Constitution Party will be reclassified from a Political Group to a Political Party and share the same ballot access privileges as the exiting four qualified parties. The Alaska Constitution Party was previously affiliated with the Alaskan Independence Party, of which Myers served two years as Vice Chairman.[9][10]


Polls

Governor of Alaska
Poll Sean Parnell* (R) Bill Walker (I)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Ivan Moore Research Poll (Internal)
June 19-23, 2014
46.3%45.1%8.6%+/-4.05584
Public Policy Poll
July 31-August 3, 2014
41%40%19%+/-3.8673
AVERAGES 43.65% 42.55% 13.8% +/-3.93 628.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Alaska
Poll Sean Parnell* (R) Byron Mallott (D)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Ivan Moore Research Poll (Internal)
June 19-23, 2014
34.0%54.9%11.1%+/-4.05584
Public Policy Poll
July 31-August 3, 2014
48%37%14%+/-3.8673
AVERAGES 41% 45.95% 12.55% +/-3.93 628.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Alaska
Poll Sean Parnell* (R) Byron Mallott (D)Bill Walker (I)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Ivan Moore Research Poll (Internal)
June 19-23, 2014
42%16%29%13%+/-4.05584
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Alaska
Poll Sean Parnell* (R) Care Clift (L) (Poll 2 only)Byron Mallott (D)J.R. Myers (C)Bill Walker (I)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
May 8-11, 2014
37%0%27%4%17%15%+/-4.1582
Public Policy Poll
July 31-August 3, 2014
37%3%22%2%20%16%+/-3.8673
AVERAGES 37% 1.5% 24.5% 3% 18.5% 15.5% +/-3.95 627.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

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