For Immediate Release: April 20, 2018
Nevada State AFL-CIO Announces Endorsed Candidates for 2018 Elections
Nevada labor delegates applaud endorsed candidates’ advocacy for working families, commitment to good jobs, and support for workers’ rights
RENO -- The Nevada State AFL-CIO, representing 150,000 union workers across the state, announced their endorsements for the 2018 elections following their Committee on Political Education (COPE) Conference in Reno on April 16-17. Their recommendations included dual endorsements in two of Nevada’s top races. The labor federation decided collectively to endorse both Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak in the Governor’s race and Steven Horsford and Pat Spearman in the Congressional District 4 race. Delegates to the COPE Conference cited the progressive record of all endorsed candidates in advocating for working people on issues ranging from health care to raising wages to bringing good jobs to Nevada.
“The Nevada labor movement is excited to support candidates who share our vision: strong unions, quality education and vocational programs, affordable health care for all, and a Nevada where people can work to provide a better life for their families,” said Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rusty McAllister. “Working people in Nevada are ready to rally behind leaders who have our backs. As we saw in 2016, union members are a key force in helping pro-worker candidates to victory.”
The Nevada State AFL-CIO COPE Conference marks the beginning of Nevada labor’s statewide mobilization this election year, in which union volunteers will mobilize in support of candidates at every level who have demonstrated support for an economic agenda that puts workers and families first. Endorsements are determined through a democratic process by which delegates to the Nevada State AFL-CIO representing public and private sector unions vote to support candidates and ballot measures. Candidates must receive at least two-thirds of all delegate votes to earn an endorsement. This year, the list of endorsements represents a unanimous vote from all delegates who attended the Nevada State AFL-CIO COPE Conference.