On Oct. 26, Alaska gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce appeared on live radio to publicly addressed concerns about his campaign in the wake of sexual harassment allegations from his time as Kenai Borough mayor, as well as the unexpected resignation of his lieutenant governor running mate, Edie Grunwald, on Oct. 25.

Pierce is facing a lawsuit brought against him by a former Kenai Borough employee. He did not address the details of the allegations on the radio, but suggested that the lawsuit might be part of a last-minute political effort to sabotage his campaign before the Nov. 8 general election.

Speaking to KSRM’s radio host Duane Bannock at 10 a.m. on Oct. 26, this is what Pierce had to say:

I want to say to the folks that have supported and encouraged my campaign for the last several months, I want to thank you, first and foremost, and encourage you to stay with me. We’re in this race to the very end. I think the honorable thing to do is to just finish what you start, and that’s just what I plan to do.

On November the 8th, you have an opportunity – you certainly know me. You know who I am, and I would say to you, certainly there are things that I cannot talk about that are, potentially, could be litigated in the future and I won’t talk about those things. But I will tell you this, is that in America it is liberty and justice for all. And I would say that there are issues that are certainly unexpected, but this issue needs to be tried in a court of law and not in a court of public opinion.

So, those are some of my thoughts. Certainly, a lot of pressure, a lot of angst out there and a lot of assuming going on. I just encourage folks to stay with us.

You know, my lieutenant governor [running mate] sent me a text message yesterday around noon, unexpectedly. I had no prior discussion or warning that a concern was there, and she resigned. I tried to follow it up with a request for a phone call and got no response.

So, you know … it’s been an interesting campaign season. Alaska has got a lot of issues. Alaska’s got a lot of hope, and there are a lot of folks that have put a lot of effort into their various campaigns.

Where I’m standing today is that someone came up with this idea of ranked choice voting and I certainly didn’t do it. But there are four of us that made it to the final round. I think that there’s a concerted effort being made by some of the party members out there to eliminate some of us that could be on a ranked choice consideration, and I’d be one of them.

I say again, we’re not leaving this race. We’re going to stay there and give you an option. And so, with that option, you know, we’ve talked about ranking red. You have an opportunity to rank the red in the Republican race for governor – Charlie Pierce first, Dunleavy second or Dunleavy first, Charlie second. I would hope that you would continue to support those ideas.

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Charlie Pierce reaffirms he’s still in governor’s race despite sexual harassment case & departure of running mate

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I’d think with the allegations now just to help Governor Dunleavy out Mr. Pierce would drop out of the race. He has lost his running mate. Yes he can find an other person to fill the shoes as Lt Governor but with rank choice voting do we need more confusion?

    • Great Granny says:

      NO…he should not drop out! We still need to RANK THE RED!! Or we’ll have another leftist in office! Hmmm…it does appear odd that this ‘accusation’ would pop up just before election. Something to ponder…money talks!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Good because he’s the only conservative on the ballot.

  • Alaskan56 says:

    We are too close to the end to change the ballot. I will rank the red. The position of Governor on the local and National scale is far too important to ‘choose with my emotions’. I will continue to judge Pierce by his history of accomplishments on the Kenai. I felt broadsided unfairly with this information and its bait to consider the potentials, at this late hour. In spite of this late in the game dropped ‘revelation’ I will vote my original choices. Let the accusers and accused have their day in court. I will not Ted Stevens Charlie Pierce. (those who were privy to that mess will get the implications – if not read ‘A bridge to Nowhere’ and ‘Licensed to Lie’).

  • CD says:

    A political candidate with another sexual allegation before an election? How many times has this happened now? This is getting ridiculous. How are we supposed to take these allegations seriously?