KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska Republican Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer on Tuesday announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022.
Meyer broke the news at the end of a Tuesday press conference for his forthcoming "Election Integrity" legislation. He said the decision would allow him to spend more time with his family and to focus on readying the state for the 2022 election, the first state election to be conducted using ranked choice voting.
Meyer, as lieutenant governor, is responsible for overseeing the state Division of Elections.
In explaining his decision not to run, he echoed his comments from the press conference regarding his proposed election bill: that it would help restore trust in Alaska's elections.
"I feel that being impartial and not running for office will free me up to meet these challenges (of running the 2022 election) head-on and without bias or conflict," Meyer said in a prepared statement. "This will be an election unlike any other, and it will require all my focus."
Meyer filed a letter of intent to run in the 2022 election in May.
Before he was elected lieutenant governor, Meyer served a combined 18 years in the state Senate and House of Representatives, and another eight years before that on the Anchorage Assembly.
Meyer's announcement means that Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a fellow Republican, will be considering a new running mate heading into the 2022 election. The governor's office told the Anchorage Daily News that the governor is not anticipating selecting a running mate soon.
The deadline to enter the 2022 election is June 1.