Jason continues building a path to win with this major endorsement from organized labor
Issaquah, WA – Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser landed the most important endorsement in the race so far, receiving the backing of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is comprised of more than 600 affiliated union locals across Washington state and represents the single largest collection of union workers in the state. This endorsement is the latest to join the broad coalition of unions and working men and women that are backing Jason’s campaign in 8th Congressional District race.
“I’m deeply honored to receive the support of working men and women across our state,” Jason said. “I have spent my career fighting on behalf of thousands of Washington workers, because now more than ever they need unflinching allies. I look forward to being a champion of labor in Congress not only to protect unions’ hard-won gains, but also to fight to expand the rights of workers and their families everywhere.”
Jason has now been endorsed by twenty-two organizations, the most endorsements of any candidate in the race. The 600+ affiliated unions of the WSLC join eighteen union locals that had already endorsed Jason’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 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.