Sarah Palin Announces Alaska Congressional Seat Bid

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she is running for Congress in Last Frontier and is seeking a political comeback after more than a decade without office.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee will run in a crowded special election for Alaska’s only seat in the US House of Representatives, which remained vacant when longtime MP Don Young died two weeks ago.

Palin, 58, said she is returning to politics because she believes “America is at a tipping point” with economic troubles like rising inflation and high gas prices.

“As I watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to stand up and join the fight,” Palin said in a statement.

“People in the great state of Alaska, like others across the country, are struggling with runaway inflation, empty shelves and gas prices that are among the highest in the world. We need energy security for this country, and Alaska can help get that — but only if the federal government gets out of the way and lets the free market do what it does best.”

In announcing her candidacy, she mentioned Young, who served in the House of Representatives for 49 years.

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced her candidacy for Congress.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin vowed to join the fight against Democrats and President Joe Biden.
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The United States Capitol Building, the seat of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been out of office since 2009.
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“I realize I have very big shoes to fill, and I intend to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by sacrificing myself in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for, because I share this passion for Alaska and the United States of America,” she said.

Palin, who ran alongside Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008, last year teased a possible run for a Senate seat in Alaska against incumbent Lisa Murkowski.

Palin has not held elected office since stepping down as Alaska governor in 2009.

Rep. Don Young, an Alaskan Republican, speaks during a ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska celebrating the opening of a Lady Justice Task Force cold case office that will specialize in cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is hoping to contribute to “Rep. Young’s Legacy” in Politics.
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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin previously ran as Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin previously ran as Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election.
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“I am in this race to win and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots who are willing to sacrifice anything to save our country. Sarah Palin Announces Alaska Congressional Seat Bid


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