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posted Friday, April 28, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 17
Mayoral update: More labor unions endorse Ed Murray, Macklemore endorses Nikkita Oliver
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Mayoral update: More labor unions endorse Ed Murray, Macklemore endorses Nikkita Oliver

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three additional labor unions endorsed Ed Murray's bid to be re-elected mayor of Seattle, according to a campaign bulletin dated April 24, bringing the number of unions backing Murray to 19.

Murray's rival, Nikkita Oliver, also picked up a headline endorsement: the rapper Macklemore.

The latest unions going for Murray include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local Union 609, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council #5.

'As a true champion for labor, Ed Murray has been there for those who are building Seattle every day,' Keith Weir, business representative for IBEW 46, said in a statement.

'His support for policies that are inclusive of community, and opportunities that can be provided via apprenticeships and careers in the building trades, has proven him to be an ally that IBEW Local 46 is proud to endorse. We look forward to working with the mayor for the foreseeable future to continue to show the rest of the state how a clear vision for growth and opportunity can be achieved via working partnerships at all levels.'

Philip E. Lindquist, Director of Governmental Affairs for IUPAT District Council 5, said his union 'is proud to endorse Mayor Ed Murray for re-election. It's great to have a mayor that will listen and have a thoughtful dialogue on the important labor issues.'

'We remain proud to support Ed and appreciative of the leadership he is showing in the face of the regional and national threats to our city's progressive nature,' said IUOE 609 business manager David Westberg.

While union endorsements usually come with money and boots-on-the-ground campaign volunteers, it would be hard to beat Macklemore for star power.

'We need more people like Nikkita Oliver to run for office,' he wrote in an April 21 Facebook post.

'She is a brilliant, creative, compassionate, principled, and fierce leader who lives and breathes the values of justice and equity. I've known Nikkita for three years, and I've been impressed with how she consistently inspires those around her to be engaged in making the world a better place. Personally, she challenges me to be a better, more complete artist and person.'

Oliver, herself a spoken word artist and Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Champion, worked with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their song 'White Privilege II,' released early last year.

'My generation is taking on the torch of a very age-old fight for black liberation, but also, liberation for everyone,' she says on the recording. 'Injustice anywhere is still injustice everywhere.'

Murray has been endorsed by a number of labor unions and many elected officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and five Seattle City Councilmembers.

Oliver has been endorsed by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and the Seattle Peoples Party, which she helped to create.

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