Union endorses Walker in GOP gubernatorial primary

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska's largest labor union endorsed Bill Walker in the Republican primary for governor.

On the Democratic side, Vince Beltrami, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO, said the union was unable to choose between state Sen. Hollis French and former lawmaker Ethan Berkowitz. He said both have strong labor records.

Candidates were asked to respond to questionnaires, and Beltrami said Walker was "right on" with issues that concern the membership, including the need for good jobs and benefits.

Walker is among the highest profile contenders in the Republican race. Among the others, Beltrami said former legislator Ralph Samuels returned a questionnaire but Gov. Sean Parnell did not.

He said the union will meet after the August primary and look at whether to endorse the remaining candidates.

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