Politically potent unions to work for a slate of insurgents; incumbents that will best represent Baltimore City’s working families

Union members from two politically active SEIU locals – 1199 and 32BJ – have endorsed additional insurgent and incumbent candidates for Baltimore City Council. 1199 and 32BJ have thousands of health care worker, janitor and security officer members in Baltimore City.

The endorsed candidates are:

Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who is running for his second full term as Baltimore City Council President

Betsy Gardner, who is running for the open seat in District 5 currently held by retiring Rikki Spector

Dea Thomas, who is challenging Eric Costello in District 11

The SEIU locals previously endorsed:

Jermaine Jones, who is running for the open seat to be vacated by Robert Curran in District 3

Kris Burnett, who is running for the open seat in District 8 currently held by Helen Holton

John Bullock, who will challenge incumbent William “Pete” Welch in District 9

Shannon Sneed, who is challenging Warren Branch in District 13 and narrowly lost to Branch in 2011 by a handful of votes in a write-in campaign

The SEIU locals had previously endorsed incumbents Brandon Scott (District 2), Sharon Green Middleton (District 6), Ed Reisinger (District 10) and Mary Pat Clarke (District 14) for a total of 11 endorsements for the 14-member Baltimore City Council as well as the City Council President.

Candidates completed questionnaires and interviewed with Union members and staff to discuss their positions on issues including higher wages and workplace standards; water affordability; changing police practices; transparency in public contracting; immigration; education; affordable housing; and sensible economic development policy.

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