BOSTON– New England District 615 of the service workers union 32BJ SEIU today announces its list of endorsed candidates in the preliminary elections in Boston, Brockton, Lawrence and Worcester.
Boston City Council preliminary election, September 12, 2023:
Ruthzee Louijeune At-Large
Julia Mejia At-Large
Erin Murphy At-Large
Henry Santana At-Large
Gabriela Coletta District 1
Ed Flynn District 2
Joel Richards District 3
Kendra Lara District 6
Tania Fernandes Anderson District 7
Sharon Durkan District 8
Liz Breadon District 9
Brockton City Council preliminary election, September 19, 2023
Jean Bradley Derenoncourt At-large
Jed Hresko At-large
Lawrence City Council preliminary election, September 19, 2023
Celina Reyes At-large
Jessica Aquino District B
Vivian Marlol District D
Stephany Infante District E
Worcester preliminary election, September 5, 2023
Khrystian King Worcester Mayor
Thu Nguyen Worcester City Council At-large
Domenica Perrone Worcester City Council At-large
Jenny Pacillo Worcester City Council District 1
Etel Haxhiaj Worcester City Council District 5
32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country. Its 175,000 members include janitors, security officers, and airport workers in 11 states across the East Coast, including 20,000 in New England District 615, which covers Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Roxana Rivera, Assistant to the President of 32BJ SEIU and the head of District 615, made the following statement.
“We are proud today to announce our endorsed slate of candidates for the city councils in Boston, Brockton, Lawrence and Worcester, and for Khrystian King for Mayor of Worcester. All of these endorsees have demonstrated their dedication to supporting unions as a key to winning better conditions for working people, including the janitors, security officers, airport workers and others who are members of 32BJ, as well as to helping those who are fighting hard to unionize. The stakes could not be clearer as we enter into negotiations this fall for a new contract covering some 12,000 commercial building cleaners in Massachusetts, many of whom live and work in the important cities where these candidates are seeking election. In addition, whether these candidates are incumbents or aspirants to the offices they seek, they have all demonstrated in their public service, personal biographies, interviews with members, and responses to our questionnaires that they have a strong commitment to defending the rights of immigrants, people of color, and others who have suffered historic injustices. We offer each of them our support in the preliminary elections and through the general election in November, and we encourage voters in Boston, Brockton, Lawrence and Worcester to step up and do the same.”
With more than 175,000 members in 11 states, including 20,000 in Massachusetts, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.