ANCHORAGE — Alaska labor leaders on Thursday endorsed the newly formed team of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott in the governor’s race.
The Alaska AFL-CIO announced the endorsement in a news release ahead of an afternoon news conference in Anchorage. It said affiliate organizations representing 60,000 labor workers in Alaska overwhelmingly voted for the endorsement.
Walker dropped his Alaska Republican Party membership earlier this week and reregistered as undeclared.
It was a move stipulated by the Alaska Democratic Party’s central committee when it voted overwhelmingly Monday to endorse Walker as governor and Democrat Mallott as lieutenant governor.
Walker had been running as an independent. Mallott won last month’s Democratic primary election for governor.
The combined ticket is expected to provide a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Sean Parnell.