AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Endorses Walker
Cedar Rapids, IA –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 PEOPLE Committee has voted to endorse Stacey Walker in his bid to become the next Linn County Supervisor for District 2. Walker has now earned the support of the state’s top labor organizations. The sophisticated political operations of these organizations will give him a big advantage heading into the final stretch of the general election.
“AFSCME is excited to endorse Stacey Walker. Our members know that he can be counted on to support working families and protect the rights of workers. Our members work hard and never quit. We see those same values in Stacey,” said AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President, Danny Homan.
“This latest endorsement heading into the final months is incredibly important,” said Stacey Walker. “We’ve worked hard building a strong campaign to date. Having AFSCME’s support with their political know-how and boots-on-the-ground organizing capabilities will take us to the next level. I am honored to have earned their trust and support.”
The announcement of this endorsement comes after the Republican Party of Linn County held a special convention to nominate a general election opponent for Walker. The Republican challenger will have a little more than two full months to build a campaign and communicate with voters. Stacey Walker announced his bid for supervisor over six months ago in February.
In Iowa, The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 also represents some health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).
Walker has received the endorsement of the Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs Local 125, AFL-CIO Hawkeye Labor Council, IBEW State Conference, SEIU Local 199, The Teamsters Local 238 and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades. 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.