Hopkins resigns from gasline board for Senate run

Luke Hopkins, who was narrowly confirmed to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. last month, has resigned from that post to run for the state Senate.

In a letter to Gov. Bill Walker, dated Wednesday, Hopkins said his decision to run was motivated by what he considers a lack of leadership in the Legislature.

He says he remains committed to the corporation's mission and doesn't want to see that further politicized by his campaign. His resignation is effective immediately.

Hopkins is a former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The Senate seat he would be vying for is held by Republican Senate Majority Leader John Coghill.

In a statement, Walker thanked Hopkins for bringing his knowledge, experience and passion for a gas line to the board. Walker says he'll start the process of finding a replacement soon.

05/26/2016 - 2:37pm