Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Rob Edwardson will run as an independent in the democratic primary and will seek the House District 34 seat held by his former boss Justin Parrish.
Edwardson said Parrish asked him to run and has endorsed his candidacy. Parrish does not plan to seek re-election to the house seat.
Edwardson said running for office is a responsibility, "It will be challenging. If I'm elected, Alaska is in a very difficult time. I think the House Majority has made a lot of progress in the past couple of years, but there is a lot of work left to be done."
The big issues in the campaign include a comprehensive fiscal plan, proper funding for education, and jobs in Juneau, Edwardson added.
Edwardson said that Juneau residents are also concerned about the economy, "Jobs, the Alaska Marine Highway, affordable housing, and state services are all concerns."
Edwardson can keep his seat on the Assembly while he runs for the house seat. "If I'm elected I'll have to give up the seat. Many people supported me for the Assembly seat, and I encourage them to support me for the House seat."