AFL-CIO COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS IN CITY ELECTIONS
The Harris County AFL-CIO Council has made it first endorsements in the City of Houston Mayor’s race and in some At-Large and Single Member Council Districts. In the Mayor’s race, the Council has made a triple endorsement for Peter Brown, Gene Locke and Annise Parker. In the At-Large Council races, the following incumbent candidates have been endorsed: Sue Lovell, Position 2, Melissa Noriega, Position 3 and Jolanda “Jo” Jones, Position 5. In the Single Member Council Districts the following have been endorsed: Jarvis Johnson, District B, Wanda Adams, District D and James Rodriguez, District I.
“The triple endorsement in the Mayor’s is very unusual,” stated Richard Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer. Our Unions liked what they heard from all three of the candidates and they were split among them. All of these candidates have been supportive of our issues and of working families for many years. When you have three friends in a race, you have to support your friends,” continued Shaw.
The triple endorsement will allow individual Unions to support the candidate of their choice through the November 3, 2009, election. If a run-off occurs, the endorsement process will be re-visited by the AFL-CIO Council.
“We are very proud to have had the opportunity to endorse our City Council Member incumbent friends,” continued Shaw. “They have all been outstanding in their support for issues important to our neighborhoods and to working families in Houston. You cannot find a harder-working group of elected officials who care so deeply for our City as these folks,” concluded Shaw.
Additional endorsement announcements for other City Council and in the City Controllers race will be forthcoming as the candidates are screened by the Council’s COPE Screening Committee following action taken by the Delegates from the Unions of the Harris County AFL-CIO Council.
The Harris County AFL-CIO Council represents 77 Unions in Harris County, Texas. The Council and its Unions engage in get out the vote activities among Union households for endorsed candidates through its Labor Neighbor Program.
Harris County AFL-CIO Council represents 77 Unions in Harris County, Texas. The Council and its Unions engage in get out the vote activities among Union households for endorsed candidates through its Labor Neighbor Program.