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Halcro declines run for Alaska Senate, fights for online journalists in Joe Miller aftermath

Andrew Halcro
Alaska Dispatch photo

I've given great thought and consideration to running for the Alaska state Senate against incumbent Hollis French, a Democrat.

As much as I'd like to one day return to political life, and as much as I have chronicled French's consistent disastrous approach to economic policies, seeking a seat in the Alaska state Senate at this time doesn't harmonize itself with my immediate goals and obligations.

In addition to family and client commitments, I remain embroiled in a time-consuming, legal case litigating First Amendment rights of online journalists such as myself. (Editor's note: Alaska Dispatch is also wrapped up in this case, thanks to failed U.S. Senate candidate and tea party supporter Joe Miller. Give 'em hell, Andy -- Tony Hopfinger)

After months of reflection, discussions with my wife, and analyzing the legal obligations I face ahead, I've decided the best path forward is to maintain my focus on securing an appropriate resolution to my court case, which may end up in front of the Alaska Supreme Court.

For current and future online journalists in Alaska, the outcome of this legal case will either protect their constitutional rights or deny them. It is my highest priority to protect them.

I would like to sincerely thank all of you who sent me emails, texts and Facebook comments encouraging me to run. I cannot express the gratitude I feel from your support and here's to future opportunities.

Andrew Halcro is the publisher of AndrewHalcro.com, a blog devoted to Alaska issues and politics, where this commentary first appeared. He is president of Halcro Strategies and Avis/Alaska Rent-A-Car, his family business. Halcro served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and he ran for governor in 2006 as an Independent.