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Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Three more unions endorse Richard Mitchell for King County Council

King Coun­ty Coun­cil hope­ful Richard Mitchell, who pulled off a very strong show­ing in the August win­now­ing elec­tion thanks in part to the enthu­si­as­tic sup­port of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, has just received the sup­port of three key unions with sig­nif­i­cant mem­ber­ship in King Coun­ty, his cam­paign announced today.

Sev­er­al weeks ago, the Amal­ga­mat­ed Tran­sit Union (ATU) Local #587 became the first union to throw its sup­port behind Mitchell, before it was even clear that he would be mov­ing on to the gen­er­al elec­tion. Not long after, SEIU Local #6 joined the Mitchell camp, and now UFCW Local #21, Aero­space Machin­ists Dis­trict Lodge #751, and Team­sters Joint Coun­cil #28 have fol­lowed suit.

“Today’s announce­ment fur­ther solid­i­fies why I will be a voice for work­ing fam­i­lies on the King Coun­ty Coun­cil,” Mitchell said in an email to supporters.

“There is a desire for new lead­er­ship on the Coun­cil and unlike my oppo­nent, whose 17-year record speaks for itself, I am will­ing to stand up for work­ing fam­i­lies, fight to pro­tect liv­ing wage jobs, and focus the Coun­ty on improv­ing our local economy.”

Mitchell is also endorsed by all of King Coun­ty’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­gress­men and many Demo­c­ra­t­ic leg­is­la­tors, includ­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ross Hunter and Roger Good­man, who rep­re­sent parts of the 6th Coun­ty Coun­cil District.

Hague is backed by the King Coun­ty Repub­li­cans and a num­ber of for­mer or cur­rent Repub­li­can elect­ed offi­cials. Her rep­u­ta­tion took a hit in her last reelec­tion cam­paign, when it was dis­cov­ered that she had been arrest­ed for dri­ving under the influ­ence and faked aca­d­e­m­ic cre­den­tials.

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