Service Employees Back Ortiz in Prince George's
The Service Employees International Union 1199, which represents workers in the Prince George's Hospital system, has endorsed Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz for the District.5 County Council seat.
Voters in District 5 will go to the polls April 1 for a primary and May 6 for a general election. The vacancy was created when the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee chose former council chairman David C. Harrington (D) to fill the Senate seat left open by the January death of Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D).
SEIU, which represents 1,700 nurses and other workers in the hospital system, has expanded its reputation in recent months since it provided strong support for congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards in her upstart -- and successful -- effort to defeat 15-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D).
Ebs Burnough, the union's political director, said the group is still deciding how much to spend on the race. But he said that members will be out in force to make their endorsement known to voters, knocking on doors and talking to voters.
"He was good on the issues," Burnough said. "He's a very bright and charismatic guy. We felt like he was really a change, a breath of fresh air that I think the council definitely needs."
Ortiz faces a crowded field of candidates for the seat, including former Harrington opponent Theresa Mitchell Dudley, former Harrington aide Andrea Harrison, former county executive staff member Adrion J. Howell and public health nurse Sherry James-Strother.
Harrison has received Harrington's endorsement. Dudley, a teacher, has the support of the Prince George's County Educator's Association.
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