Juneau Rep. Justin Parish won't run for second term, endorses former aide

Juneau Rep. Justin Parish (D)
Juneau Rep. Justin Parish (D)
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska state Rep. Justin Parish says he will not seek re-election this year.

That means none of the three members of the Legislature representing Juneau plan to run in this year's elections. Sen. Dennis Egan and Rep. Sam Kito III announced previously that they do not intend to seek re-election.

All three are Democrats.

Parish announced his intentions in a video posted to his Facebook page, and confirmed them in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

The first-term lawmaker said he had maintained that he would seek re-election unless he found someone he believed could do the job better. He said he thinks he's found that person in a former aide, Juneau Assembly member Rob Edwardson.

Edwardson says he plans to run as an independent in the Democratic primary.

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