Walker-Drygas picks up first choice endorsement of Alaska education advocacy group

NEA-Alaska encourages its 12,000 members, other supporters of public education to vote for Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas as their first choice

ANCHORAGE – Alaska’s largest public education advocacy group, representing more than 12,000 members, has endorsed Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas for governor and lieutenant governor and selected the ticket as its first choice in this November’s election.

The political wing of the National Education Association of Alaska, the Political Action Committee for Education, made its recommendation based on several factors: the Walker-Drygas ticket’s proven track record of supporting education, strong performance in fundraising and polling, and the fact that they are the only team with a clear path to defeating the current governor, who spent most of his term attacking education funding.

“Every child in Alaska has the right to attend a great public school, whether they live in a big city or a village, no matter if our economy is doing well or going through tough times,” Bill Walker said. “As your governor, I’ll do everything in my power to make that happen and to live up to the incredible honor of receiving the first choice endorsement of NEA-Alaska.”

“Bill and I are products of Alaska public schools, and we’re deeply committed to ensuring every Alaska child has a great education from pre-K through graduation,” Heidi Drygas added. “We can have the best schools in the country again, with teachers from across the country competing for opportunities to work and build a life here, instead of accepting struggles with recruitment and retention as a fact of life. Progress in education begins with defeating Mike Dunleavy. Only then can we improve retirement and benefits and make bold investments in education rather than watching inflation silently take resources out of classrooms.”

Bill Walker was the eleventh Governor of Alaska and is running for that office again. He is a graduate of Valdez High School. Heidi Drygas previously served as Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. She is running for Lieutenant Governor and is a graduate of Lathrop High School and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.