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Joe Nelson Withdraws from Consideration

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Location: Juneau, AK

Joe Nelson Withdraws from Consideration

Governor Sarah Palin today accepted a letter from Joe Nelson requesting his name be withdrawn from consideration for Senate District B.

In his letter to Governor Palin, Nelson writes, "It has become clear to me that the Senate Democrats are not going to support any candidate that is not fully supported by the Juneau Democrats. Unfortunately, the Juneau Democrats thus far are not willing to support anyone other than their number one candidate (or a placeholder until the next election)."

"Despite working for two of the top downtown Democrats in Juneau for the last five years, the party leaders maintain their empty claim that I am ‘unknown in the party'. They have also mentioned that I do not have ‘enough political experience' under my belt, ignoring the fact that I have been elected to the board of directors twice by 20,000 shareholders whose political ties to Southeast predate statehood and this country."

"While I am disappointed that Mr. Nelson has made this decision, I certainly understand," Governor Palin said. "It is unfortunate Mr. Nelson was judged by some who didn't take the time or make an effort to review his strong credentials and educational background. Mr. Nelson, a lifelong resident of Southeast, is well qualified to represent the people of this district. I know he will continue to make a lasting contribution to this community."

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