Police officers for Alaska’s largest city have thrown their support to Democratic challenger Mark Begich in this year’s race for governor.
The Anchorage Police Department Employees Association announced Wednesday that it is backing Begich, in what is now a three-way race with incumbent Gov. Bill Walker and Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy.
On Wednesday, APDEA cited one of Begich’s talking points from his record as Anchorage mayor, noting that he added 80 police officers to the city’s ranks and placed a pair of local prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office for Alaska. Current mayor Ethan Berkowitz has taken similar steps to face a wave of local crime.