Sarah Palin announces congressional campaign for open Alaska House seat

Last year, Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and one-time vice-presidential candidate, revealed that she was considering making a return to politics. It now appears that she has made her decision.

Fox News reports that Palin has decided to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Palin, specifically, has entered the race to fill the late Rep. Don Young’s (R-AK) seat.

Young died last month after having represented Alaska in Congress for almost 50 years. A special election is now set to be held.

Palin’s announcement

Palin announced her campaign in a statement that she released on Friday.

“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska,” Palin said. “Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years.” Palin wrote.

Palin went on to argue that “America is at a tipping point,” and she said that this is why she is getting back into politics:

As I’ve watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight. The people of the great State of Alaska, like others all over the country, are struggling with out-of-control 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 provide that – but only if the federal government gets out of the way and lets the free market do what it does best.”

Palin added, “At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will combat the left’s socialist, big-government, America-last agenda. This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children’s future, and selling out our nation’s interests to the highest bidder.”

“I’m in this race to win it and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots willing to sacrifice all to save our country,” Palin concluded.

Looking ahead

It is unclear just what Palin’s chances are of winning the election. But, one thing that we do know is that she is part of a crowded field.

Friday was the last day for a candidate to announce his or her candidacy for Alaska’s special election, and the commission has revealed that almost 40 candidates have entered the running.

Up next will be the primary. The results will be announced on June 26, and then the top four candidates will move on. On August 15, the winner will be selected using ranked-choice voting.

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