Metro Council takes "No Recommendation" position in most DC Council races; focus on boosting member turnout in upcoming election
The Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO on Monday voted to make “no recommendation” on endorsements in all races - with the exception of an endorsement for Vincent Orange for At-Large - in the upcoming D.C. City Council primaries. The move frees up individual unions and affiliates of the council to endorse and support candidates of their choice. “While there were a number of candidates who have good records on labor issues, ultimately there was not a consensus among affiliates to win the council’s endorsement”, said Jackie Jeter, the Council’s new President. "Councilmember Vincent Orange has proven his unwavering commitment to workers and is supporting unprecedented legislative initiatives in the District that will improve the lives of all residents." All candidates had to submit a questionnaire outlining their positions on a broad range of topics, including their positions on education, infrastructure, healthcare and transportation for the region. “We plan to be out there asking questions about what’s happening in people’s lives, talking about the importance of voting, and building up our political muscle”, said Carlos Jimenez, the Council’s new Executive Director. photo: at the April 18 MWC Delegate meeting; photo by Chris Garlock/Union City
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