ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State Sen. Hollis French, a major figure in last fall’s Troopergate investigation, has filed paperwork to run for governor of Alaska.
The Democrat oversaw the investigation that looked into former Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner.
Palin fired Walt Monegan in July 2008. State lawmakers launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Monegan because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper who was involved in a messy custody battle with Palin’s sister.
The investigation concluded Palin did abuse her power of office but the firing was legal because Monegan was an at-will employee.
Former Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell became governor of Alaska following Palin’s midterm resignation in July. He plans to seek election in 2010.
Democrat Bob Poe also has filed to run for governor, as have Gerald L. Heikes, a Republican, and Donald R. Wright of the Alaskan Independence Party.