UPDATED 9:38 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 17, 2018
Alaska’s gubernatorial race has become even more complicated as an elected official running to remain in office steps down from his position.
Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot formally resigned from his post on Tuesday for making “inappropriate comments.”
Democrat Governor Bill Walker, who’s facing a tough battle for reelection as an independent candidate, named state health commissioner Valerie Davidson as Mallot’s successor.
Davidson spoke briefly about the situation during an abrupt press conference after being sworn into office Tuesday.
“Alaskans deserve the highest standards of conduct by their elected officials,” he stated. “While I am deeply saddened by the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, I am profoundly disappointed by his conduct — respect for women, and the dignity of all Alaskans, is our responsibility.”
Davidson will also replace Mallot as Walker’s running mate, although it’s too late to remove Mallot’s name from the November ballot.