Governor Bill Walker, Byron Mallott file for re-election campaign in 2018

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Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made it official Monday morning, filing to run for re-election as Independent candidates.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor had already indicated plans to run again.
But there was much speculation about what that run might look like.
The two men ran as an independent ticket in 2014 and defeated Republican Governor Sean Parnell.

Mallot, a Democrat, vacated his 2014 run for Alaska Governor to join Walker, a Republican, in what was nicknamed the 'Unity Ticket'.

Walker and Mallott will now run for a second term against Republican State Senator Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla, as well as a handful of potential candidates, including Fairbanks' businessman John Binkley.

Binkley finished second behind Sarah Palin in the 2006 Republican primary for Governor.

On the Democratic party ticket, no candidates have declared so far, and the party didn't replace Mallott as its candidate after he joined forces with Walker in 2014.