Anchorage Mayor to Run for Ted Stevens' Senate Seat

40-year veteran faces corruption probe
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2008 9:07 AM CDT
Anchorage Mayor to Run for Ted Stevens' Senate Seat
Anchorage, Alaska mayor Mark Begich announces that he has formed an exploratory committee as a first step in a possible run for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat in this file photo.    (Associated Press)

The Democratic mayor of Anchorage will throw his hat in the ring today for the Alaska Senate seat Ted Stevens has held for 4 decades, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Stevens, one of the Senate's most notorious pork producers, has been reelected easily 7 times, but is now under federal investigation for corruption. Mark Begich will face three other Democrats in a primary; the 84-year-old Stevens will run against two GOP challengers. (More Alaska stories.)

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