FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Martina White Endorsed by Major Philadelphia Labor Unions in Race for 170th
Signals strong labor support because of White's commitment to working families
PARKWOOD – Martina White, the Republican nominee for the special election in Pennsylvania's 170th Legislative District, today received the endorsement of more than a dozen local public and private section labor unions. The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 24th.
Endorsing White's candidacy for the State House are:
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 5
IAFF 22 - PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTERS
IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 21
AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 33
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 500
GAS WORKERS, LOCAL 686
DRYWALL FITTERS LOCAL 1955
IATSE STAGEHANDS LOCAL 8
GLAZIERS LOCAL 252
SPRINKLER FITTERS, LOCAL 692
UA STEAMFITTERS, LOCAL 420
PLASTERERS LOCAL 8
"Martina has a strong financial background and the professional experience to hit the ground running as a new State Representative and fight for local working families," said Joe Ashdale, Business Manager for District Council 21 when explaining why White received the endorsement of so many unions. "She is a moderate, common sense Republican who we trust to be part of the majority in Harrisburg giving a voice to the issues that matter to our members."
A lifelong resident of the Northeast, White is a professional financial advisor who works with working-class families to help them reach their financial goals – be it saving for a child's education, retirement, or simply paying off their home. Her family has strong ties to the trades, including her grandfather who has operated a union trucking business for decades.
FOP President John McNesby said, "Martina White shares our values and our vision for strong and safe neighborhoods for every resident. That's why the men and women of our police and fire fighters are giving her our support."
As part of her campaign, White has put forth an agenda focused on four main areas: promoting new jobs and economic growth; keeping neighborhoods safe; making schools more strong and effective; and, protecting taxpayers through improved fiscal discipline in Harrisburg.
"Martina White represents one of the best and brightest our city has to offer. She'll stand up for working families and be a vocal advocate for bi-partisan cooperation that puts our families ahead of political gamesmanship," said Joe Schulle of the Philadelphia Firefighters Union.
White – who has already been endorsed by prominent Northeast leaders John Taylor and Brian O'Neill – was grateful for the support offered today.
"Since day one of this campaign, I've said I care only about what's best for the people of the Northeast – not politics, and not partisanship," White stated. "I think these endorsements send a strong signal to the people of the Northeast that I stand with working families, with our seniors, and with our kids. I am humbled and thankful for this support and will work hard everyday to honor the trust you have placed in me."
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