The national political arm of Maryland's largest teachers union, one of the state's most politically active labor groups, endorsed state Sen. Jamie Raskin's bid for Maryland's 8th Congressional District on Thursday.
Officials with National Education Association's political action committee pointed to Raskin's record in the General Assembly, arguing that the Democrat and American University law professor has a history "of producing breakthrough policy results."
The Maryland State Education Association is the NEA's state chapter. That group, which has some 71,000 educators, sent questionnaires and interviewed the candidates in the race to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is running for Senate.
Because Raskin is running in a federal race, the endorsement technically comes from the political arm of the NEA.
Others running for the Democratic nomination in the 8th District include businessman David Trone, former WJLA anchor and Marriott International executive Kathleen Matthews, state Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol-Gutierrez, former Obama administration officials Joel Rubin and Will Jawando and David M. Anderson.
The Raskin endorsement came days after another union, UNITE HERE, backed Barve for the seat. That group represents about 15,000 hotel, casino and cafeteria workers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Local union leaders praised Barve for his role in increasing the state's minimum wage and expanding workers' rights.