January 08, 2018
Contact: Alaskans For Dunleavy

Mike Dunleavy Announces Resignation from Senate


Mike Dunleavy Announces Resignation from Senate                                                                                       

ANCHORAGE, January 8, 2018 — Senator Mike Dunleavy today issued the following statement regarding his service in the Alaska State Senate:

“For the last five years, it’s been an honor and privilege to represent my constituents in the Legislature.  I have striven to faithfully advocate for their values and priorities, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.

“Yet I’ve come to the conclusion that without new leadership in the Governor’s office, there is a practical limit to what any individual or caucus in the Legislature can achieve to turn this state around.  I believe the best way I can effectively advocate for my constituents’ values is to devote 100 percent of my time and energy to the cause of ensuring that Alaska elects a new Governor in 2018.  I am accordingly resigning from my seat in the State Senate.

“One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.  It’s far preferable to do fewer things, and do them with excellence.  I think that maxim must apply to individuals as well –especially legislators.

“This past Saturday I shared my decision with the local Republican Party leadership in our district. I am pleased to share that their reactions were very positive and understanding.  These local Republican leaders bear the responsibility for nominating a list of persons who are capable of filling out the short remainder of my Senate term.  I have the utmost confidence they will choose excellent nominees.

“I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation.  I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.”



For more information on the campaign, the issues, or on Senator Mike Dunleavy, just “Mike” to Alaskans, visit http://www.AlaskansforDunleavy.com.

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