Sarah Palin has announced that she is relaunching her political career after more than a decade with an attempt to secure Alaska’s only seat in the US House of Representatives.
Former governor of Alaska and a supporter of Former United States President Donald Trump revealed her intention to run for Congress on Twitter and replaced the late Congressman Don Young.
She wrote: “Today I announce my candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Alaska.
“Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent Alaska men and women in Congress, as Rep. Young did for 49 years.”
It’s Palin’s first bid for a public office since he served Republicans John McCain’s vice presidential candidate in 2008. The pair were defeated by the Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the November 2008 election.
The mother of five said she realized she had “very large shoes to fill”, but added: “America is at a turning point”.
Returning to the fiery, anti-establishment rhetoric she was known for, she said: “When I saw the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to go up and take part in the struggle.
“At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will fight the left’s socialist, great government, last US agenda.”
Alaska’s seat in the House of Representatives became vacant last month when Congress’ longest-serving Republican Don Young died.
The 88-year-old died while traveling back to Alaska on March 18.
After losing to Obama and Biden in 2008, Palin became a staunch supporter and champion of the Republican Tea Party Movement, a conservative populist group that opposed excessive taxation and state intervention in the private sector.
The former winner of the beauty pageant remained in the spotlight starring in reality shows about her life in Alaska – Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Amazing America with Sarah Palin.
She supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but was not offered a post in his administration despite speculation that she could be brought into his inner circle.
And her 2009 memoirs, describing her private and political career titled “Going Rogue,” have sold more than two million copies.