The representative of the northernmost state in the United States plans to leave the Alaska Capitol | Alaskan News

Independent Rep. Josiah Patkotak of Utqiagvik is running to become North Slope County’s next mayor and said he is prepared to relinquish his seat in the Alaska Legislature if he wins the October municipal election.

Paktotak’s decision was made public through a filing Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The municipal election is Oct. 3, shortly before an expected special legislative session on a long-range state plan to balance state spending and revenue.

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