This new endorsement marks the second fire fighters local to back Rittereiser – the Maple Valley Fire Fighters endorsed Rittereiser last week
Issaquah, WA – Support from organized labor for former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser continues to grow, with his campaign announcing today that he has received the endorsement of Eastside Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 2878.
The support of the Eastside Fire Fighters marks Rittereiser’s fourth labor union endorsement, and second endorsement from a fire fighters local, following the endorsement of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612 and the Renton Police Guild late last year, and the Maple Valley Fire Fighters Local 3062 endorsement last week.
Eastside Fire Fighters represents professional fire fighters, officers and support staff at three separate fire departments that provide services to the Cities of Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, North Bend and Sammamish, as well as to the unincorporated areas of King County near those cities and Fall City.
Jon Wiseman, president of the Eastside Fire Fighters, said Rittereiser, who was born and raised in Ellensburg and now resides in Issaquah, is the candidate who best understands the needs and concerns of working families in the district, and is the Democrat best able to take on and defeat Republican Dino Rossi in November.
“Jason Rittereiser knows and gets both sides of this district, across the Cascade divide, and he is committed to standing up for working men and women like our members. He’s a great fit for this district, and has the values and the skills to go toe-to-toe with Dino Rossi in November and win,” Wiseman says. “As a former prosecutor and the son of a police officer, Jason impressed us with his deep understanding of the on-the-job challenges and risks that first responders face every day. He is committed to making sure we have the tools and resources we need to do our work and protect the public.”
“To win a second firefighters endorsement in a little over a week is a strong indication of the growing momentum behind our campaign,” Rittereiser said. “I know from personal experience what it’s like for working people in this region who are struggling to make ends meet and take care of their families. They contribute so much to our communities, and yet their voices are not being heard in Congress. I intend to change that.”
An Issaquah resident, Rittereiser currently works to protect the rights of employees, as a voice for thousands of Washingtonians who have faced discrimination in the workplace, had their wages stolen by their employers, and other workers who have faced injustice.