Convention Delegates Vote to Back Pro-Worker Candidates for November Election
Members of the Maine AFL-CIO voted Saturday in Augusta to endorse two Maine candidates for federal office: Emily Cain of Orono for U.S. Congress in District 2 and Shenna Bellows of Manchester for U.S. Senate.
Maine workers voted unanimously to endorse Emily Cain for U.S. Congress in District 2.
“Emily Cain has a proven track record of bringing people together to improve Maine’s economy. Emily has the same priorities as the hard working people of the district - she will work to raise wages, create jobs and defend Social Security and Medicare. Emily Cain will stand up for working people and build a better Maine economy for everyone," said Don Berry, an electrician and President of the Maine AFL-CIO.
“The differences in this race could not be clearer. Emily Cain will bring people together to support working families, while Bruce Poliquin is a rigid tea party ideologue on the side of the wealthy and of tax breaks for millionaires. Emily understands what working people are facing, she has a proven track record supporting Maine’s hard working people, and she will be a strong voice for us in Washington,” said Emery Deabay, a papermaker from Bucksport and co-chair of the Maine AFL-CIO Legislative Committee.
Cain has a 99% lifetime voting record on working families issues in the Maine Legislature.
Shenna Bellows’ personal story growing up the daughter of a carpenter and a nurse in Hancock and her stances on issues of economic fairness and workers’ rights resonates with the members of Maine’s unions.
“Shenna Bellows would be a tremendous asset to the workers of Maine in the U.S. Senate. She understands the issues that matter to Maine people. She knows we need to raise wages and address income inequality in this country, and she is prepared to fight back against Wall Street greed that is hurting Maine workers and communities,” said Don Berry, an electrician from Sumner and President of the Maine AFL-CIO.
“We need someone in Washington who we can count on to side with Maine working families, someone who is not afraid to stand up to Wall Street and corporate CEOs. Shenna is that leader. That’s why Maine workers endorse Shenna Bellows for U.S. Senate,” said Berry.
The members of the Maine AFL-CIO voted last weekend to again support Representative Chellie Pingree in her candidacy for U.S. Congress in Maine’s First District.
"Chellie has been a steadfast champion for Maine workers in Washington. When it comes to issues of economic fairness and workers' rights, she is always there for Maine’s hardworking families. Chellie stands up for good jobs, healthcare for all and raising wages. Maine workers are grateful for her leadership and we will support her this November to make sure she continues to serve Maine’s first district," said Don Berry.
Pingree has a 99% lifetime voting record with the AFL-CIO.