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Local AFL-CIO Sticks With Incumbents

The Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO has announced its endorsement of council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) in their respective races in the Sept. 9 primary.

"These leaders, recommended by our COPE Committee, have proven their commitment to worker's issues," said Metro Council President Jos Williams in a press release.

"The Council and our affiliates will work to get the union vote out in the upcoming primaries," Metro Council COPE Coordinator Rick Powell said.

Alya Mbamba, a spokeswoman, said no decision has been made yet in the primary of Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), who is running unopposed in the primary.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 30, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Take a look around this city and they back the incumbents. AFL-CIO, too, are a part of the problem. Do they not YET see that the Mayor is anti-union, and this rubber stamp council will back ANYTHING he proposes. They have just shot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

With all the waste corruption, incompetence at the highest levels of government there, I'd throw out all the bums and start over. Jackie Wright scamming $50 MILLION from the city, gun lawsuits you can't win because they are right, the highest cost per student in the nation and the lowest graduation rate. Yeah, things are just fine. The city council is really on their toes. You might want to run yourself, and see why the AFL/CIO wants them there still, after all that.

Posted by: renaissance_warrior | July 30, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Council member Kwame Brown has shown commitment to workers’ issues throughout his political career. He created the vocational training school, Phelps Academy, to help DC residents get the training they need for future jobs. Also, in 2007 he authored legislation that helps ensure that DC Government jobs will be available for DC residents. While the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO considers its endorsement of Council member Brown, it is important to acknowledge the Council member’s continued efforts for labor issues.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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