- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker has appointed his one-time running mate, Craig Fleener, to serve as successor to Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott should that office become vacant.

Fleener had been running as a lieutenant governor on an independent ticket with Walker last year. Mallott was the Democratic candidate for governor, and his running mate was Hollis French.

But after the primary, and in a bid to mount a greater challenge to Republican incumbent Sean Parnell, Walker joined with Mallott as part of a so-called unity ticket.

Fleener has since been named a special assistant to Walker, advising him on Arctic issues.

By law, a new governor is to appoint a successor to the office of lieutenant governor should that office become vacant.

Fleener’s appointment is subject to legislative confirmation.

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