JUNEAU - The state's largest employee union said it's backing Democratic candidate Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate seat held by longtime Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens.
The Alaska State Employees Association/American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 52 announced its support on Wednesday.
Jim Duncan, the union's business manager, said Begich "exemplifies the new direction that Alaska needs."
The union represents more than 8,000 members working for state and local governments.
Begich officially announced his candidacy last week. Stevens, the longest serving Republican in U.S. Senate history, filed in February for re-election.