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Former DNR Commissioner Sullivan Launches U.S. Senate Bid

Published On: Oct 15 2013 09:32:56 AM AKDT   Updated On: Oct 15 2013 09:33:23 AM AKDT
Former DNR Commissioner Sullivan Launches U.S. Senate Bid
JUNEAU, Alaska -

Former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan is running for U.S. Senate.

Tuesday's announcement ends months of speculation, fueled by Sullivan's resignation as DNR commissioner in September, that the Republican and former state attorney general would join the race for the seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Sullivan joins a crowded GOP field that includes Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller. Sullivan says he knows both men and intends to stay positive. He said in an interview with The Associated Press prior to the announcement that it's important for the GOP contenders to talk about their vision and records and not tear each other down to the point the eventual nominee is so weak he or she cannot beat Begich.

He says the important thing is for Republicans to retake the Senate seat.

In a statement released shortly after the announcement, Treadwell emphasized his own credentials but didn’t directly attack Sullivan.

“I would like to welcome my friend to the campaign,” Treadwell said. “This will be a vigorous primary but I know that I am the conservative candidate in this race that has the broad, statewide support that will be critical to replacing Mark Begich.”

Channel 2’s Chris Klint contributed information to this story.