March 7, 2016

Maryland Working Families announces endorsements for Baltimore City Council
Progressive coalition pledges aggressive support of challengers and incumbents committed to changing Baltimore’s direction in run-up to April 26 Democratic Primary

BALTIMORE – Maryland Working Families announced its endorsement in eleven races for Baltimore City Council. Citing the critical need for Baltimore to change direction and elect leaders who will come together to address the needs of the entire city, the progressive organization pledged to support the following challengers and incumbents:

Mark Parker 1st District
Brandon Scott 2nd District
Jermaine Jones 3rd District
Betsy Gardner 5th District
Sharon Green Middleton 6th District
Kristefer Burnett 8th District
John Bullock 9th District
Ed Reisinger 10th District
Dea Thomas 11th District
Shannon Sneed 13th District
Mary Pat Clarke 14th District

Maryland Working Families expressed confidence that these candidates have a proven track record of fighting for Baltimore’s working families and a shared vision of a better Baltimore, where children get the support they need, adults can find good jobs, and neighborhoods thrive.

“We are committed to aggressively supporting leaders who will champion progressive issues and keep city government accountable to Baltimore’s working families,” said Charly Carter, Executive Director of MD Working Families. “Too many of our communities continue to be distressed by crime, failing schools, poor services, blight and painful inequality. All residents want a responsive and transparent council that will look beyond status quo approaches to our problems and are determined to change the city’s direction. We are confident that these leaders truly reflect Baltimore’s values, aspirations and desire for change.”

“As an affiliate of MD Working Families, we are excited to have been a part of the endorsement process,” said Pat Lippold, Vice President for Political Action at 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East. “We have faith that these challengers and incumbents will pursue the best interests of Baltimore’s working families.”

The endorsed candidates were selected after being assessed for their viability and record for fighting for progressive causes. They have deep roots in the community and possess diverse backgrounds and experiences. Maryland Working Families will provide them with strategic, field, and communications support and training.

Maryland Working Families is a growing political and social movement made up of community and faith-based organizations, students, educators, labor unions and more than 30,000 working men and women from across the state, who believe in an economy that serves all of us, and a government in which every voice is heard.