ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Republican State Senator Kevin Meyer of Anchorage filed official paperwork to be a candidate for Lt. Governor in the August 2018 republican primary.
Meyer submitted his candidate paperwork in person Thursday morning, at the state Division of Elections Office in Anchorage.
Meyer plans to run on a platform of "smaller government, cutting spending and opposing taxes."
"We can either burden our citizens with heavy taxes, high unemployment and a weak economy or we can rise up and seize opportunity that puts Alaska back on track," said Meyer.
Meyer's campaign said that Alaska has suffered from a "leadership deficit," under the administration of Governor Bill Walker.
"[Meyer] faulted the current governor for pushing for a new income tax on Alaskans and opposing Republican efforts to rein in state spending," read the press release.
A member of Meyer’s campaign team told KTUU that he does not have specific running mate in mind for the 2018 election.
According to the campaign team member, who wished to remain anonymous, Meyer is looking for a Republican who shares the same values to run for Governor alongside him.
When asked why Meyer had decided to run for Lieutenant Governor and not Governor, the campaign member said the position reflected his skill set and his professional experience working as a procurement coordinator for ConocoPhillips.
Meyer looks set to run against two Republican colleagues in the state primary next year: Former state Rep. Lynn Gattis from Wasilla, who filed, and Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens.
Meyer is also set to run against incumbent Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, who filed his letter of intent on Aug. 20 to run with Governor Bill Walker, who filed Aug. 21.