Building Trades Line Up Behind Walker

Cedar Rapids, IA – In a unanimous vote, the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council (Building Trades Council) has endorsed Stacey Walker, Democratic candidate for Linn County Supervisor, District 2. The Building Trades Council represents 18 different building trade unions throughout Linn and Johnson counties. The organization helps coordinate political action among its affiliates and their members.

“The decision to support Stacey was an easy one to make. He supports policies that we care about, he cares about working people and he wants to move our county forward,” said Pat Loeffler, President of the Building Trades Council. “He’s a breath of fresh air and our organization is excited to support the next generation of leadership here in Linn County.”

The Building Trades Council and its 18 affiliated groups represents over 4,000 individuals who live and work throughout the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Corridor. The Building Trades Council’s governing board works to negotiate pro-worker policies at the municipal and county level. The organization runs a sophisticated political organizing program that provides endorsed candidates with financial and logistical support.

“This endorsement is a real honor. I’m proud to have earned the trust and support of the eighteen trade unions affiliated with the Building Trades Council,” said Stacey Walker. “Labor organizations by their very nature are proof of strength in numbers. As our campaign continues to pick up these key endorsements, our coalition of support grows stronger, ultimately improving our chances for success in November.”

To date, Walker has received the endorsement of the Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs Local 125, IBEW Local 405 and IBEW State Conference, and the AFL-CIO/Hawkeye Labor Council. He has also received endorsements from over 20 local and statewide elected officials and community leaders. Walker captured 74% of the vote in the June 7th Primary to become the Democratic nominee for Supervisor in District 2. If elected in November, Walker will be the first African American elected to the county board.

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