Anderson changes parties from Democrat to Alaskan Independence

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Nels Anderson Jr. will run for governor as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party.

Anderson, 61, announced this week he will leave the Alaska Democratic Party for ideological reasons. Special interest groups and oil and gas money are too prevalent in the party, he said.

''The Democratic party moved too far away from its old roots and all its principles that attracted working Alaskans is gone,'' said Anderson, of Dillingham.

Anderson ran for governor in 1998 but lost in the Democratic primary to incumbent Gov. Tony Knowles, who took nearly 39,000 votes compared with about 3,300 for Anderson.

Anderson served as majority leader during three terms in the state House from 1975-81. He also served in the state Senate from 1982-83. He will compete in the Aug. 27 primary against Don Wright, of Fairbanks, and John Wayne Glotfelty, of North Pole.

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