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You could call it a game of political poker. Several key players on the Alaska political scene have declared their candidacy and others have yet to show their hands.
A few familiar faces will make another run at the state’s top office, including incumbent Governor Sean Parnell and Anchorage attorney Bill Walker.
Dan Sullivan, mayor of Alaska's biggest city, could be one of the wild cards in next year’s election season after he submitted his letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for state office.
"I'm not ready yet to say what kind of office I might be interested in," said Sullivan. "There is a lot of races up in 2014, in the state house, state senate, governor, Lt. governor, congress, senate."
Matt Larkin, President of Dittman Research, says he’s not surprised by Sullivan's coyness.
"These are the things that candidates have to do that are required by law to start to do the things that they do to test the waters, such as holding informal meetings, looking to build support within their base, talking to their support structures," said Larkin, who mainly helps Republican candidates for office.
Sullivan has two years left on his second and final term as mayor, a tenure which followed nine years as a member of the Assembly. He says he won’t he won't rule out a stint in the private sector and wants to keep his future options open, which is why he says he filed the paperwork.
"It also gets conversation going with folks who have supported me in the past, and what might be the right path to go if I continue in public service," said Sullivan.
The political landscape will continue to shuffle up as next year’s primary and general election season draws near.
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Mayor Sullivan says he is leaving all options open for his post mayor life, including private sector jobs, in a Tuesday phone interview.
Sullivan said he is not running for any specific seat if any at all as of early June, however he filed the letter of the intent as an option once his term as mayor expires.
He says he does not have a timetable of when he'll make any decision to run.
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The Mayor of Alaska's largest city has filed a letter of intent to run for a state office, but what state office he is applying for is still not known.
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan submitted the paperwork for the 2014 state primary election, but in the filing he provides no other specifics.
According to documents from the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Sullivan filed the paperwork on May 30.
In early May, Governor Sean Parnell announced that he will seek re-election next year. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said he formed an exploratory committee for the Republican Senate nomination, and has yet to file according to federal records.
Channel 2's Adam Pinsker contributed to this report.
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