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Gara Decides to Seek Re-Election to Alaska House
Rep. Les Gara, who had left the door open to running for governor next year, says he'll seek re-election instead.
JUNEAU- Rep. Les Gara, who had left the door open to running for governor next year, says he'll seek re-election instead.
The Anchorage Democrat last month said he hadn't ruled out a run for governor if important conditions were met. Those included seriously discussing the possibility with his wife and whether the party fielded a "really good candidate."
Since then, Sen. Hollis French has announced he's exploring a run. French lost the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010 to Ethan Berkowitz, who lost to Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.
Sen. Bill Wielechowski has been mentioned both as a possible gubernatorial candidate or running mate to Republican Bill Walker, who plans to run for governor as an independent.
Gara said he'd rather help French or Wielechowski in a gubernatorial bid this time around. But he says he'd revisit a run of his own if neither gets in the race.