- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he hopes an Alaskan is chosen to serve as the U.S. Arctic representative. But he says he isn’t seeking the job.

Treadwell was appointed to the United States Arctic Research Commission in 2001 and served until 2010, when he ran for lieutenant governor.

Treadwell currently is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich. Begich is seeking re-election.

The U.S. State Department last month announced plans to create an Arctic representative position to highlight the growing importance of that region. The U.S. is set to take over the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.

In an interview, Treadwell said he is glad the U.S. is doing this but isn’t putting his name forward for consideration.

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