Palin seeks GOP nod for governor

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2005

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Former Wa-silla Mayor Sarah Palin will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Gathered with friends Tuesday at her home by Lake Lucille, Palin kept the announcement brief and upbeat.

''Keeping it simple is my philosophy,'' she said. ''My desire is to see small, efficient government that's going to provide the basic services for Alaska, that's shared by the majority of Alaskans. And in keeping it simple, we know that Alaskans, we crave and we deserve leaders who are not going to approach all of our issues with just merely a partisan approach.''

Palin, 41, served on the Wasilla City Council, served two terms as mayor and spent about a year chairing the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

In 2002, she lost the Republican primary election for lieutenant governor to Loren Leman, who also won the general election.

She has backed the campaign to create an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to a port on the Gulf of Alaska, rather than through Canada to the Lower 48.

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