Nome Mayor Denise Michels has dropped her bid for the Democratic Nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.
“The outpouring of support I’ve received from Alaskans statewide has been incredible and humbling,” said Michels. “But given the multitude of ventures I'm involved in as Mayor of Nome and Director of Transportation for Kawerak, I made the decision to focus my energy on my ongoing projects statewide and nationally. I owe it to my constituents and our service population to see this work through to completion, and I have decided to fulfill my current obligations. Thank you again to each and every Alaskan for their support.”
Michels has served as the Mayor of Nome since being elected in 2003. She has served as a past President of the Alaska Municipal League as well as the Alaska Conference of Mayors. She also served as Chair of Governor Palin’s transition team for the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.
Update - 1:30 p.m: A statement from Diane Benson:
I want to thank Denise Michels for the campaign she ran for Lt. Governor. Right now, I will continue to focus on being a voice for every Alaskan, making sure they have a voice in the process, and I look forward to joining with either Ethan Berkowitz or Hollis French in being an effective team for Alaska.
“Acting” Governor Sean Parnell needs to be held accountable for playing politics and cutting health care to impoverished children. I am continuing criss-crossing the state, listening to the people of Alaska, and working together with other Democrats to get Alaska working again.