As the Current climate of attacks on labor become more and more prevalent, it is even more important for organized labor to support political candidates who value principles of good government and the role of union workers in such a government. To that end, the Somerville Labor Coalition, a coalition of all City of Somerville public employee unions, announces its political endorsements after a thoughtful and fair process of vetting candidates.
First, we sent a questionnaire to all candidates for local office and carefully evaluated the responses from the many candidates who replied. All candidates who responded to our questionnaire were then invited to a question and answer forum, titled “Candidates Night”. Many of our attending members filled out grading scorecards analyzing the opening statements and answers to questions posed to them by moderator, and President of the Professional Firefighters, Edward Kelly. A formal meeting of the SLC Executive Board then convened to cast a vote on 2/3rds majority required for a candidate to be endorsed. The following candidates most closely reflect, the philosophy and values of our members of the Somerville Labor Organization, and therefore received the endorsement of the Somerville Labor Coalition.
We proudly endorse the following candidates:
For Alderman at Large
Ward One Alderman – Matthew McLaughlin
Ward Two Alderman – Maryann Heuston
Ward Three Alderman- Robert McWatters
Ward Five Alderman- Courtney O’Keefe
Ward Six Alderman- Rebekah Gewirtz
Ward Seven Alderman- Joseph Capuano
School Committee Ward Two- Michael Nionakis
School Committee Ward Five- Ross Richmond
School Committee Ward Seven- Caroline Lynch Normand
The Somerville Labor Coalition wishes our endorsed candidates the very best of luck. Thank you to all who attended our recent Candidate’s night at the Somerville City Club. We would also like to thank the candidates who did not receive an endorsement. You were able to get your message to our members as well those watching on SCATV.
We look forward to a future, where all elected officials value the importance of Union workers, and treat all workers with the respect and dignity they deserve.
The Somerville Labor Political Endorsement Committee
Working Together to Provide Fair Labor for All