Silverman wins in DC: Elissa Silverman -- strongly supported by many area unions -- won a second term on the DC Council, defeating Dionne Reeder, who was backed by DCMayor Muriel Bowser, who also won a second term. "DC voters sent a clear message that they won't accept the status quo," said UFCW 400 leader and political activist Dyana Forester. "DC's working men and women showed they support the issues Elissa has fought for, including paid family leave and increasing the minimum wage." Metro Washington Council Political Director David Dzidzienyo called it "a great win," adding that "We need more leadership like Councilmember Silverman on the Council."
Elrich prevails in MontCo: Democrat Marc Elrich rode a wave of progressive -- and union -- voters in Montgomery County on Tuesday to become county executive, sweeping past a moderate colleague who mounted an independent campaign to challenge him. Read more in the Washington Post.
Wexton upsets Comstock in VA: In one of labor's key local targeted races, Democrat Jennifer Wexton upset two-term Republican Barbara Comstock Tuesday, winning in Virginia's 10th Congressional District by an impressive 12-point margin, 56-44% "We are thrilled to retire the anti-union Comstock and replace her with our friend Jennifer Wexton," said NoVA Labor president Ginny Diamond. "We are very proud of our collective achievement," added Metro Washington Council president Jackie Jeter. "We have many reasons to look forward to a positive future for our members and working people throughout this region and country with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton."
DMV labor mobilizes:Local labor activists were out throughout the DMV area on the rainy Election Day, hitting doors, phones and polling sites; photos posted here on Facebook.
photos: top left (l-r): UFCW 400's Jeff Reed, Dyana Forester and Jonathan Williams leafleting for Elissa Silverman at the Takoma Educational Center; top right: USW’s Roxanne Brown and UFCW 1994’s Rosie Ortiz get out the union vote in Montgomery County; photos by Chris Garlock/Union City