Thursday, January 10, 2013

Labor Council endorses Ben Hueso for State Senate and Myrtle Cole for San Diego City Council District 4

Strong advocates for working families receive support in special elections

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council this week voted to endorse Ben Hueso for California’s 40th State Senate District. Hueso, currently serving as the Assemblymember for the 80th District, is running to fill a vacancy created by Juan Vargas’ successful campaign to represent the 51st Congressional District.

“At every stop in his career, Ben Hueso has built a record as a staunch warrior for working families with the ability to bring people together around the issues that matter most for San Diegans,” said Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. “He will be a tremendous asset to the 40th District and all Californians as he continues his advocacy in the Senate.”

The Labor Council also voted to endorse Myrtle Cole for San Diego’s 4th City Council District. A special election will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of former 4th District Councilmember Tony Young.

“Myrtle Cole has been an indispensable part of organizing and campaign efforts in San Diego for many years, and her outspoken commitment to working families is second to none,” said Gonzalez.
 “She’s exactly the passionate advocate that can ensure District 4 is heard at City Hall and work with Mayor Bob Filner to bring the proper support and resources to long-neglected communities.”

To receive an endorsement from the Labor Council, a candidate must receive two-thirds approval from Labor Council unions and delegates.

San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO includes 135 affiliated labor groups in the region with a membership of more than 200,000 working families.  Founded in 1891, the Labor Council advocates for more jobs, better jobs and better lives for all of San Diego’s workers – union and non-union.

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