With Hopes of a Stronger Middle Class in Ohio, SEIU District 1199 Endorses Ed FitzGerald and Champions of Working Families Ticket

Columbus, Ohio – Over the past three years, working people and their families have been under attack by anti-worker politicians like John Kasich and the wealthy contributors that fund their campaigns. Workers’ rights, women’s rights and a regressive fiscal policy that benefits rich over the rest of us has cast a dark shadow on the current governing class at the Ohio Statehouse.

“Working people in Ohio need lawmakers in office who wake up every day looking for ways to help grow our economy from the middle out and to create opportunities for economic mobility for the middle class,” said Becky Williams, President of the Service Employees International Union District 1199. “The days of tax cuts for the rich at the expense of vital public services and the rights of Ohioans must come to an end and that begins by electing a ‘Champions of Working Families’ ticket headlined by our next Governor, Ed FitzGerald.”

Williams continued by saying, “Ed FitzGerald and the ‘Champions of Working Families’ slate will restore the unchecked balance of power that currently drives the public policy in our state and give workers a seat at the table once again on issues that impact the lives of working people and their families.”

Member leaders of SEIU District 1199 voted unanimously in support of a “Champions of Working Families” slate that includes:

Ed FitzGerald for Governor: From serving as an FBI agent on the Organized Crime Task Force, assistant prosecutor, Lakewood mayor, and county executive, Ed FitzGerald has brought down corrupt public officials, cleaned up government and fought to make government work for the middle class.

David Pepper for Attorney General: Pepper is a former Hamilton County Commissioner who is running to increase government transparency, strengthen local law enforcement, and be a leading watchdog for Ohio’s taxpayers.

Nina Turner for Secretary of State: A State Senator and former Cleveland City Councilwoman, Turner has been a fierce advocate for making Ohio the gold standard for free and fair elections, where every Ohioan has unfettered access to the ballot box.

Connie Pillich for Treasurer: After serving in the Air Force and earning her MBA, Pillich started her own business in Cincinnati before being elected to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives.  As both a legislator and attorney, Pillich has protected seniors against predatory lenders, sponsored legislation to hold unscrupulous brokers accountable, and supported workforce development and education programs to create jobs and help our economy grow.

John Patrick Carney for Auditor: John Patrick Carney has a history of success working across the aisle, and as Auditor, he will work to create jobs, strengthen local communities, and increase government transparency.

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH represents nearly 30,000 healthcare and social service workers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio in both the private and public sectors.  The Union is a part of the Service Employees International Union, whose 2.1 million members make it the largest and fastest growing union in the country, as well as the largest health care union in the nation.

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