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Walker speaks at 'Choose Respect' event in Juneau

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Bill Walker addressed a crowd of about 100 people at an anti-violence march on the steps of the state Capitol Thursday.

Walker said he supported the "Choose Respect" campaign started under his predecessor, Republican Sean Parnell, and is focused on advancing that mission. Walker recently announced the appointment of a special adviser for crime policy and prevention

PHOTO: Gov. Bill Walker speaks at an anti-violence, "Choose Respect" rally on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Molly Dischner)
Gov. Bill Walker speaks at an anti-violence, "Choose Respect" rally on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Molly Dischner)

He spoke about legislation he has supported that would require schools provide age-appropriate sexual abuse education. He said expanding Medicaid, a priority of his, would be a way to show Alaskans respect.

Alaska Native dancers, a local storyteller and an Alaskan Brewing Co. representative participated in the rally before some attendees marched to Marine Park in the rain.

Walker said Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was participating in a march in Barrow.

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