Wielechowski Taking Look at Governor's Race

A Democratic state senator and vocal critic of Alaska's new oil tax policy is considering a run for governor.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- A Democratic state senator and vocal critic of Alaska's new oil tax policy is considering a run for governor.
   
Sen. Bill Wielechowski tells The Associated Press he's concerned about what Alaska would look like if Gov. Sean Parnell won re-election.
   
Wielechowski says people have approached him about running, and he says he's taking a look at it. But he says he's made no decision and has no timeline for a decision.
   
Parnell championed the oil tax overhaul that passed the GOP-controlled Legislature earlier this year as a way to increase oil production and industry investment. Critics of the tax plan, including Wielechowski, say it could devastate Alaska's budget.
   
Republican Bill Walker, who finished second to Parnell in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary, has said he will run again, as well.
 

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