Family commitments force Mendias to drop out of race

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Dawn Men-dias is dropping out as the Republican Moderate Party candidate for governor, she said Monday.

Family commitments won't allow the candidate to run an active campaign, Mendias said. She is caring for two grandchildren, ages 13 and 8, while her son attends school, she said.

Mendias, 58, of Chugiak, ran unopposed for her party's nomination.

Republican Moderate Party Chair Ray Metcalfe said he does not have a candidate in line to replace Mendias. ''We may be dead in the water,'' he said.

The Republican Moderate Party became a recognized political party in 1998 and is in danger of losing its ballot access status after the Nov. 5 election.

Alaska election law requires a political party to garner either 3 percent of the vote for governor or have a membership equal to 3 percent of the state's registered voters.

The Republican Moderate Party has about 2,872 members, according to information from the state Division of Elections. Alaska has 454,360 registered voters, said division spokesperson Virginia Breeze.

The deadline for the party to name a replacement for Mendias is Wednesday, Breeze said.

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