Alaskan Republican Legislator Goes Independent To Avoid Primary

There are a number of former or current legislators this year running as Independents after leaving the Republican or Democratic parties. This article concerns another one, a sitting Republican legislator, who is now running as an Independent.

Ketchikan Representative Kyle Johansen has dropped out of the August Republican primary race. But he plans to run as an independent candidate in the November general election.

Johansen filed months ago to run for the Ketchikan-based House seat he’s held for three terms.

Johansen was facing a tough Republican primary consisting of a number of high profile candidates.

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