The race for Congress is heating up days ahead of the February 4th Special Primary Election, and one of the thirty-day candidates for the seat once held by Congressman Elijah Cummings has just received a huge boost from of the most influential labor groups in the country. The Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO has just endorsed former Congressman Kweisi Mfume to return back to the seventh congressional district seat he once held.
Mfume, the 72-year old democrat who reported having close to a quarter-million to spend over the final two weeks of the campaign, will now get an added bonus from his friends in labor. The organization’s President, Donna Edwards, gave the following statement in regards to their decision.
“The Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO is proud to announce our endorsement of Kweisi Mfume in his bid to return to Congress. Congressman Mfume was a fighter for the rights of workers and vocal supporter of labor unions and our role in building the American economy when he served in Congress,” said Edwards.
“Our thousands of members are from all walks of life and backgrounds. We vote our values and want to elect leaders who are champions for better wages, a more just healthcare system, sustainable pensions, lower student debt, and the ability to live a decent life in retirement. We know the Congressman will continue the legacy of the 7th Congressional District by being a passionate representative in his support of unions and workers’ right to organize. We look forward to working with him to restore an economy and democracy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy,” added Edwards.
Mfume, who is running to fill out the remainder of the Cummings’ two-year term, is also set to try and return to Congress by getting elected to his own two-year term in the upcoming April 28th Primary election. The former NAACP President and CEO had the following to say about the influential union endorsement:
“Earning the state AFL-CIO endorsement is a great honor,” said Mfume. “The AFL-CIO, and its affiliated unions, have done so much to make this country a global economic power. I know the dignity of hard work and the need for a living wage. Having the state AFL-CIO endorsement is more tremendous news for our campaign as we head to Election Day.”
This is the latest of many endorsements received by the former congressman, including being supported by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and others. Mfume is joined by a long list of democrats who are looking to secure their party’s nomination in the upcoming February 4th Primary, which include the wife of the late congressman, Maya Rockey-Moore Cummings, as well as State Senator Jill Carter, Delegates Talmadge Branch and Jay Jalisi, businessman Saafir Rabb and the longtime friend and Cummings staffer, Harry Spikes.
Other names of candidates who have filed for this seat can be found here