1199SEIU members announce support behind 14 candidates for municipal office

September 5, 2019

Healthcare workers with 1199SEIU announced their enthusiastic support behind 14 candidates for city council in Springfield, Boston, and New Bedford.

In Springfield, 1199 candidates include incumbents Justin Hurst and Jesse Lederman for two at-large seats, incumbent Adam Gomez for Ward 1, incumbent Michael Fenton for Ward 2, incumbent Melvin Edwards for Ward 3, Jynai McDonald for Ward 4, incumbent Marcus Williams for Ward 5 and incumbent Orlando Ramos for Ward 8.

For New Bedford City Council Ward 4, members are proud to support fellow 1199 member, Naia Barros-Delgado, a member leader at Bridgewater State Hospital.

For Boston City Council, 1199 candidates include incumbents Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi for two at-large seats, Kenzie Bok for District 8, Ricardo Arroyo for District 5, and incumbent Kim Janey for District 7.

“We are proud to support these candidates who share the values of the healthcare workers of 1199SEIU and who are so committed to the community and its residents,” said Tim Foley, executive vice president at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Issues such as healthcare, fair labor practices, affordable housing and a strong community that welcomes all are important to our members, and we are thrilled to announce these endorsements for City Council in these three cities.”

The 1199SEIU endorsement process is member-driven with healthcare workers interviewing candidates, focusing primarily on candidates with competitive preliminaries. The interviews focused on candidate’s support of 1199’s issues platform that includes protecting quality care at every stage of life and creating a more just and equitable society for all.