Governor Stands by Senate Nominee

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Bill Walker's pick for an Alaska Senate seat.

    Gov. Bill Walker is standing by his nominee for an Alaska Senate seat.

    Walker on Friday appointed Randall Kowalke to replace former Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla. Kowalke applied for the seat but was not among the finalists that Republicans in that district sent Walker for consideration.

    Walker isn't bound to the list, though his pick is subject to confirmation by Senate Republicans.

    Republican Senate leaders said if Walker rejects the finalists, the district should have a chance to give him a new list.

    Walker said Kowalke received more support from local officials and residents in the district than the other applicants combined. He said members of the Republican-led Senate majority also encouraged him to appoint Kowalke.

    He didn't commit to returning to district Republicans for more names if Kowalke is rejected.

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