Breaking: Joe Riggs Pulls Out Of Anchorage Assembly Race

South Anchorage candidate for Anchorage Assembly Joe Riggs has announced he will be “closing down” his campaign.

In a prepared statement Riggs said:

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Joe Riggs

“I’ve learned a lot during the past several weeks of campaigning. But my own life circumstances have changed and I need to focus more closely on my professional life and my family at this time. I appreciate all the support I’ve received and I remain committed to contributing to Anchorage in a capacity that will allow me to earn a living and be the best dad I can be.  I’ll continue to serve the community on the Anchorage Budget Advisory Commission, and with all the community service groups that I’ve enjoyed working with for many years.”  

Riggs is the second South Anchorage candidate for assembly to pull out in recent days. On January 16th David Jensen posted on facebook  he would also be ending his run.  That leaves Bosco’s owner John Weddleton and newly filed Mark Schimscheimer in the race.

Riggs was the conservative and Alaska Republican Party backed candidate in the race with John Weddleton supported by progressives. It is an open question if Schimscheimer, a registered Republican, is poised to take on the mantel of being the more choice conservative in the race.  The filing deadline isn’t until February 12th, so this race could still see a new name added to the mix.

***UPDATE***

Weddleton has posted a statement saying:

“Thoughts and prayers go out to my former opponent in the Assembly race, Joe Riggs , who announced this morning that he’s leaving the race to focus on career and family. We all face uncertainty and adversity during these tough economic times and I wish Joe the best of luck as he navigates his next chapter. For my part, my team and I will continue to run hard, regardless of the opposition, to make sure that we retain common-sense business experience on the Assembly.”

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