Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears set to re-enter politics in a major way after sitting on the sidelines for more than a decade after running as then-GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008.
Palin announced on Friday she is joining a crowded field of around 50 candidates in a bid for the seat vacated by Alaska’s longest-serving Republican, Rep. Don Young, who died last month at the age of 88.
The former GOP governor made her announcement on her Facebook page.
“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska. Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years,” Palin wrote. “I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for, because I share that passion for Alaska and the United States of America.”
I first entered politics 30 years ago, when I was elected to city council in Wasilla. I still live in Wasilla; my family is here; my son goes to school here. My heart will always be in Alaska, even when I’m representing this great state in Washington, D.C.
America is at a tipping point. As I’ve watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight. The people of the great State of Alaska, like others all over the country, are struggling with out-of-control inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices that are among the highest in the world. We need energy security for this country, and Alaska can help provide that – but only if the federal government gets out of the way and lets the free market do what it does best.
At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will combat the left’s socialist, big-government, America-last agenda. This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children’s future, and selling out our nation’s interests to the highest bidder.
I’m in this race to win it and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots willing to sacrifice all to save our country.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 2, 2022
Friday was the deadline to file for the GOP primary, which is scheduled for June 11. The Associated Press explained that the top four finishers will then advance to an Aug. 11 “special election in which ranked choice voting will be used, a process in line with a new elections system approved by voters in 2020.”
The AP added: “The winner, targeted to be certified by Sept. 2, will serve the remainder of Young’s term, which expires in January. The special election will coincide with the regular primary. The regular primary and November general election will determine who represents Alaska in the House for a two-year term starting in January.”