Jason continues consolidating his support among organized labor
Issaquah, WA – Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser support among organized labor continues to grow. Today, Jason announced his latest union endorsement with the Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30 backing his candidacy.
Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30 represents over 3,500 skilled journey-level and apprentice carpenters working family-wage jobs that provide a pathway to the middle class. Local 30 members are affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents over 20,000 members across six states.
“Jason’s depth of experience fighting on behalf of workers on issues of unlawful discrimination and wage theft issues distinguishes him in this critical race and made him a clear choice for our endorsement,” Ben Reynolds, President of the Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30, says. “We know Jason will be a tireless advocate for the rights of all working people when he gets to Congress.”
“I’m deeply humbled by the trust the working men and women of Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30 have placed in me,” Jason said. “With the rights of working people under attack by all three branches of the federal government, working people need a representative that will be relentless in pushing back against the GOP’s anti-union agenda more than ever and I’m proud that the members of Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30 have put their faith in me to be that representative.”
Jason has now been endorsed by twenty-three organizations, the most endorsements of any candidate in the race. The members of Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30 join the Washington State Labor Council and eighteen union locals in endorsing Rittereiser’s candidacy: Pile Drivers and Divers Local 196, Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 66, AFSCME Council 28 Washington Federation of State Employees, Washington Interior and Exterior Systems’ Local 41, Renton firefighters, Tacoma firefighters, Maple Valley firefighters, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Upper Kittitas County Medic One, the Valley Professional firefighters, the Eastside firefighters, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 598, International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 612 and 286, the Renton Police Guild, the Communication Workers of America’s Pacific Northwest Council, the ILWU Puget Sound Council, and the ILWU Foremen’s Local 98.
Jason has also been endorsed by the Kittitas County Democrats, the coalition of Indivisible groups in the 8th Congressional District, and the Young Democrats of Washington.
Jason is running to replace retiring incumbent Republican Dave Reichert in one of the nation’s most closely watched Congressional contests, as Washington’s 8th district could decide which party controls the House. The only candidate with roots on both sides of the mountains, Jason is the first Democrat since the district’s expansion into central Washington that can compete with Republicans for every vote.