It was a good night for labor-supported candidates in Virginia in Tuesday’s elections, where “we flipped both the Senate and House of Delegates!” said Virginia Diamond, president of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation. “First time in 23 years!” Diamond hailed the “historic sweep for labor-endorsed candidates at the state and local level,” saying that “Union members worked tirelessly knocking doors and making calls to win this important victory." The Virginia AFL-CIO added that "The election battle may have ended, but the fight to ensure that new, robust pro-labor policies get passed for all working people is just beginning. The fight for this reality begins now and we are ready."
In Maryland, bus operator Derrick Mallard narrowly lost his race for Bowie Maryland's 4th District Council seat, garnering third place with 697 votes, 20 behind winner Roxy Ndebumadu and just four votes less than Leon Buck. This was the first time running for public office for Mallard, a veteran WMATA worker and a Local 689 member for more than 20 years. "As we move into 2020, it is more important than ever that we keep up our momentum with candidates good for labor and working families up and down the ballot," said Jackie L. Jeter, President of the Metro Washington Council. "We’re proud to support candidates who stand up for working people, advocate for good jobs and fair wages, and reject privatization of public services that put profits ahead of people."
- David Stephen; photo: at NoVA's big push last Saturday
Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Mallard won in Bowie's 4th District.