Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 following a primary election on August 24, 2010.[1] Running with Sean Parnell, Republican Mead Treadwell won by over 20 points.

Republican Mead Treadwell ran against Democrat Diane E. Benson following primary results.

Close of business on June 1, 2010 was the deadline for filing nominating signatures. The deadline to withdraw as a candidate will be July 7, 2010, end of business.

Alaska elects a Governor and Lieutenant Governor on a single ticket in the general elections. However, candidates for the respective offices run separate campaigns through the primaries. Alaska is one of six states to use this system. After the primaries, the parties' gubernatorial and lt. gubernatorial nominees combine campaigns to run in the general election cycle.

Sarah Palin's resignation in July 2009 meant that her Lt. Gov., Sean Parnell, stepped up to fill the vancancy. Craig E. Campbell, in turn, was named a temporary lt. governor. He initially intended to run for a full term but left the primary race on April 6, 2010.

The November Ballot – Who's Made It? Alaska Lieutenant Governor
Nominee Affiliation
Diane E. Benson[2] Democrat
Mead Treadwell[3] Republican
Jeffrey D. Brown[4] Libertarian
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who have since been officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

As of November 8th, 100% of votes are reported and counted.[5]

2010 Alaska gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Diane E. Benson 37.67%
     Republican Party Approveda Mead Treadwell 59.06%
     Libertarian Party Jeffrey D. Brown 1.05%
     American Independent Party Donald R. Wright 1.86%
     Other write-in 0.37%
Total Votes 256,192

Inauguration and Transition

Innaugural date

Sean Parnell had been the acting governor since July 26, 2009, when he was sworn in upon Sarah Palin's resignation. Previously, he had been the Lt. Governor. Parnell took the oath of office and began his full term on December 6, 2010. The state legislature waited to convene until January 18, 2011. This is done deliberately to give the governor time to make appointments and prepare legislation before the first day of the session.

Parnell's running mate, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, also took the oath of office on December 6th. Treadwell replaced current Lt. Governor, Craig Campbell, who was the Commissioner of Military and Veteran Affairs for Alaska before moving up to fill the empty lt. gubernatorial post.

Transition team

Gov. Parnell's transition website had listed seven committees he has formed to address his priority issues. He also invited citizen input into the key areas[6]:

  • 1. Resources, Energy, and Environment
  • 2. Health and Education
  • 3. Infrastructure
  • 4. Science, Technology, and Communications
  • 5. Financial Services and Business Investment
  • 6. Public Safety and Justice
  • 7. Military

Bryan Butcher, government relations director for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, coordinated transition efforts. Each topic area will have a committee head. Parnell expected to name those individuals with a week of the Election.[7]

Official statements on the election



  • Diane E. Benson, a business owner and professor, and a former ice-road truck driver, is heavily involved in American Indian issues in Alaska. After her son suffered combat injuries in Iraq, she began a political career with veterans affairs as a key issue.
  • Lynette Moreno-Hinz was active in American Indian issues in Alaska before seeking elected office.
  • John Joseph "Jack" Powers is an Army veteran and is retired from the Anchorage Telephone Utility. He currently owns several small businesses and has long been active in grassroots politics.


  • Eddie Burke is a Navy veteran and a small business owner, and is also active in local charities.
  • Bob Lupo
  • Current State Representative Jay Ramras has been in the Alaska State House since 2005, where he has sat on numerous committees. He is also a hotel and restaurant owner.
  • Mead Treadwell owns multiple businesses focusing on watermarking and digital imaging technology. He is also former Commissioner of the United States Arctic Research Commission, a position he was appointed to by Pres. George H.W. Bush and which he held until beginning his campaign for lt. governor.


  • Jeffrey D. Brown

August 24, 2010 primary

2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Democrat Primary[8]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Diane E. Benson (D) 64.76%
Lynette Moreno-Hinz (D) 9.51%
Jeffrey D. Brown (L) 5.59%
John Joseph "Jack" Powers (D) 20.14%
Total votes 35,920
2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[9]
Candidates Percentage
Eddie Burke (R) 13.43%
Bob Lupo (R) 2.43%
Jay Ramras (R) 31.16%
Green check mark.jpg Mead Treadwell (R) 52.98%
Total votes 82,518

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