Along with Monday’s endorsement of Democrat Mark Begich by the Alaska AFL-CIO, a handful of other significant endorsements were made in the governor’s race this week.
Begich won the endorsements of the NEA-Alaska, which represents 13,000 teachers statewide, and the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, while Republican Mike Dunleavy won the endorsement of two-thirds of Alaska’s congressional delegation.
“Senator Begich has provided Alaskans with a detailed plan for protecting public education while his opponent refused to even answer our questionnaire and has a troubling record of pushing devastating budget cuts, promoting unconstitutional vouchers, and threatening to close rural schools. For Alaska educators, the choice is clear,” said NEA- Alaska President Tim Parker. “Mark Begich will make student learning a priority, stabilize education funding, and ensure the professional educators who serve in our schools have a seat at the table when decisions are made.”
Begich’s name was among a slate of endorsements released by the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. The tribal consortium also endorsed Alyse Galvin and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon for re-election. All three candidates have stated opposition to the controversial Pebble Mine.
“Each of these candidates has demonstrated records and policies supporting protections for our salmon and traditional way of life,” UTBB Executive Director Alannah Hurley. “This is a critical election for the future of Bristol Bay, and UTBB is proud to endorse the candidates who will protect our salmon for future generations.”
On Monday, the Dunleavy campaign announced the Republican had been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and U.S. Rep. Don Young (but not U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who Dunleavy was rumored to be considering a 2016 challenge against).
“Mike Dunleavy will work closely with us to follow up on the policies we’ve achieved in Washington that benefit Alaska: opening ANWR; cutting taxes on Alaskan families, workers, and businesses; slashing job-killing regulations; repealing Obamacare’s unfair individual mandate; rebuilding our military; and getting Alaskans into top government positions in the Trump Administration,” said Young and Sullivan in a joint statement. “These victories have helped make Alaska’s economy poised for a comeback.”