JUNEAU - The political arm of an Alaska teachers' union has endorsed Democrat Ethan Berkowitz for governor.
Barb Angaiak, president of the National Education Association-Alaska, says this is the group's first gubernatorial endorsement since 1998.
She says Berkowitz's support of early childhood education and a return to a defined benefits program for public employees impressed the union interview committee.
She says Berkowitz, a longtime former lawmaker, has been "consistently strong" on union concerns.
The committee did not interview Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. Angaiak says he was invited to be interviewed but could not make it.