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Edie Grunwald, who is listed as the lieutenant governor candidate on the Charlie Pierce for governor ticket, has dropped out of the race.

The former borough mayor of Kenai, Pierce is facing a lawsuit from a former borough employee that accuses him of sexual harassment. Pierce has denied the accusations and remains committed to finishing out his campaign to become governor of Alaska.

Grunwald released an Oct. 25 statement on social media which alluded to the lawsuit.

“I support and advocate for the respectful treatment of women in politics, the workplace and the world in general,” she stated. “I believe my stepping down at this time is in the best interest of Alaskans and a demonstration of my support for all women, regardless of political affiliation.

There are recent circumstances surrounding my Gubernatorial running mate, Charlie Pierce, which have led me to make the decision to withdraw from the Pierce-Grunwald for Governor campaign team.”

Grunwald said she now supports incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s reelection.

“In closing, I ask that my friends and fellow Alaskans give their support to the Dunleavy/ Dahlstrom team and join me in voting for them on November 8,” she said. “With sincere appreciation for your support and understanding.”

Pierce released a short statement following Grunwald’s departure from his ticket.

“I am not stepping out of the race and look forward to the November 8th election,” he said.

Pierce has multiple radio interviews scheduled this week. He is set to appear next at 10 a.m. today on KSRM Radio with Duanne Bannock. Click here to listen.

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Lt. Gov. candidate Edie Grunwald quits Charlie Pierce ticket, now backs Dunleavy

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.


  • Akdale says:

    really. so unless shes a witness…..CP is guilty just because he was accused by a woman? this is pretty telling of Edie, her judgement, character and credibility.

    • Great Granny says:

      I agree…if she can’t find out the ‘whole’ truth before deserting him now…she would do the same after election. She ‘thinks’ she’s supporting all women…she’s wrong!! PROOF ..above all!! Shame on her!!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Indictment doesn’t mean guilty!
    Dunleavy has literally appointed a death culture nurse to promote killing rather than saving lives.
    What’s Grunwalds response to this ?
    Need reminders? Can you get ivermectin? One and only one treatment called remdesiver , which destroys kidneys!
    Locked down across the state, businesses be damned!
    How does this look ms Grunwald ? Just curious about your discernment.?

  • John H Slone says:

    Dunleavy didn’t prevent me and my friends from getting Ivermectin!! Don’t know why you couldn’t get it!! It was mailed right to my house in south Anchorage, as much as I wanted!!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    This is interesting. I don’t know what to think about Edie dropping out. First thing that pops into mind for me is that the evil left is always trying to keep the world in chaos and this latest event sure adds to that chaos. Whose doing is this?

    • Paola Estrada says:

      The FIRST thing in your mind is the “evil” left? How about Pierce is a letch? Where does that rank in your thought process?

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Paola Estrada, I am so glad that this is still a free state and I can still think whatever I want to think. My top thought in my thought process right now is that I think that you are a Soros paid schill or a bot.

      • Great Granny says:

        PROOF…undeniable proof!! Try it …it works!! This is still America!

  • Theresa says:

    It appears the #MeToo movement is alive and kicking. Will we ever see a non-heterosexual male’s political career tanked by sexual harassment allegations? -that’s an honest question.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    To John h Sloan
    I’m glad you found a way to get ivermectin in you or your families time of need. Where did you get it? India I presume. Mr dunleavy and the wicked zinc only allowed remdesiver which killed fellow Alaskans.
    I found your comment to be cold hearted and disturbing!

    • Kathy says:

      I didn’t think it cold hearted but I do think it’s disturbing that people won’t put the effort in to find what they need. God help us we couldn’t handle a depression.

  • Alaskan56 says:

    Ms. Grunwald – By quitting your position on the ticket and endorsing the Dunlevy ticket you are validating the accusers and the accusations of Mr. Pierce.
    Is this action a proper legal stance? Isn’t it a legal right to go allow this case to go to the court system – and not the system of public opinion. I get the story is complicated and nasty – BUT…Inquiring minds need to know: Do you have sworn testimony from Mr. Pierce of his guilt? Sworn testimony from the accuser? Are we the voters expected to be judge and jury of this case using the ballot box – based upon accusations – ? DUNNO if that is ethical legal behavior.