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French: Trading up to the 3rd floor of the capitol

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell's refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion "would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell’s refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion “would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave.” (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sen. Hollis French is making another bid for the executive branch, this time as Lt. Governor.

The 12-year veteran of the Alaska state senate ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010.

French was in Sitka Monday (7-7-14) as part of a 10-day campaign swing through Southeast Alaska.

Even before declaring his candidacy, French has been instrumental in organizing the citizen initiative to repeal the governor’s oil tax reform bill, known as SB 21. Voters will decide that issue during the statewide primary election in August, four months before they elect office holders in the November general election.

French is one of only seven Democrats in the Alaskan senate, and an active player in his party’s five-member caucus. He spoke with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey about why he’s leaving the senate to seek statewide office.


French currently represents Anchorage in the Alaskan senate. Although he’s passionate about repealing SB 21, French is not a single-issue candidate. Hear his thoughts about forming a team with Democratic candidate for governor, Byron Mallot:


And his ideas on Medicaid expansion under Obamacare:


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