In a major momentum boost for Rittereiser’s campaign, Operating Engineers Local 612 makes an early and enthusiastic endorsement
Issaquah, WA –Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional Candidate Jason Rittereiser announced today that he has received the first labor endorsement in the race to replace retiring Rep. Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District, from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612.
IUOE Local 612 represents 2,300 workers in the highway, marine, heavy construction and engineering industries. The local has a significant presence in the district. IUOE Local 612, along with Local 302, operates a major state of the art construction industry training facility on 1600 acres outside of Ellensburg.
“We’re proud to endorse Jason Rittereiser because of his long record fighting for working people. We know we can count on Jason to take on entrenched powerful interests back in Washington DC to make sure that families across Washington’s 8th Congressional District have quality affordable healthcare, good paying jobs and real opportunities to get ahead again,” said Ed Taylor, President of Local 612.
Rittereiser was born and raised in Ellensburg where his dad served as a police chief and his mom started the Children’s Museum. He is a graduate of Ellensburg High School and is a proud Ellensburg Bulldog.
Jason deeply understands the issues that working families in the district face. His first job was on a hay farm in the Kittitas Valley where he drove a swather and bucked hay to pay for college at the University of Washington. After attending DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Jason and his wife Michelle returned to Washington to serve as a criminal prosecutor for King County in the Special Assault Unit and the Violent Crime Unit, bringing justice to crime victims and holding criminals accountable.
“I am proud and honored to have earned the support of the thousands of working people who are members of Operating Engineers Local 612,” Rittereiser said. “Receiving such an early endorsement from an important labor union in the district is a huge momentum boost for our campaign, and demonstrates that my commitment to standing up for the hardworking families of this district are unmatched by any other candidate. Having grown up in Ellensburg, I know that the people of the 8th CD deserve more energetic and responsive representation that will fight for them, and I am determined to deliver it.”
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.
Since taking office 13 years ago, outgoing Congressman Reichert’s connection to the people in the 8th Congressional District deteriorated, as he stopped doing town halls and avoided his constituents. Now, Republicans are running three-time failed candidate Dino Rossi for the seat, knowing he will be a reliable vote for powerful deep-pocketed interests and Donald Trump’s dangerous policies.