Construction union endorses Fenty
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, trailing chief opponent Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in endorsements, picked up a major nod Wednesday from Laborers Local 657.
The union, which represents about 3,000 construction workers, announced that it is endorsing Fenty whose push for new recreation centers, schools and other facilities have kept bulldozers busy around the city.
Anthony Frederick Sr., an officer with the union, said about half of its members live in the District.
"We have a partnership with him to put D.C. residents to work. Mayor Fenty is the only candidate in the race who is supporting jobs for the residents," Frederick said.
The approval breaks Gray's streak of endorsements and may indicate that other unions could split between the two candidates who are in a contentious Sept. 14th Democratic primary fight.
In 2008, Local 657 teamed with the local affiliates of other labor groups to get out the vote on behalf of candidates. In September, they could be volunteering for different candidates.
So far the American Federation of Government Employees, the D.C. Firefighters and the Fraternal Order of Police have endorsed Gray.
The council chairman also won the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, which represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats.
Nikita R Stewart
June 16, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray
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