ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The pool of Democrats running for governor has grown to include a third candidate, who has vied for the seat before.
Former state legislator Nels Anderson Jr. of Dillingham announced on Tuesday that he will make another bid for governor in the 2002 election.
Anderson, 61, competed for the seat in 1998 but lost in the primary to incumbent Gov. Tony Knowles, who took nearly 39,000 votes compared with about 3,300 for Anderson.
In a written statement, Anderson said he is the only candidate with the broad political background needed to mend hard feelings between rural and urban residents.
''I have lived most of my life in rural Alaska,'' said Anderson, noting he also has lived in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Anderson was 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 primary against Anchorage resident Bruce Lemke and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.
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