Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Voorhies Gets AFL-CIO Nod

House District 92 challenger Brett Voorhies continues to show early muscle to potential challengers for the nomination by claiming the coveted endorsement of the largest federation of labor unions in Indiana.

Voorhies, who has already pulled in thousands in campaign cash, has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO. The announcement was posted on Voorhies campaign website, www.brettvoorhies.com. If you don't have time to click the link to read the announcement, here it is from October 19.

Indiana AFL-CIO endorses Voorhies for State House
Organized labor offers early support for Democrat in House District 92 Race

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Today Brett Voorhies, a Democratic candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives, welcomed the endorsement of the Indiana State AFL-CIO Executive Council, the state’s largest labor organization.

A longtime community, political and labor activist, Voorhies is running in Marion County’s House District 92, which covers western Wayne and Pike townships, from Morris Road on the south to 96th Street on the north, including most of the Town of Speedway.

In making the endorsement, AFL-CIO President Ken Zeller cited Voorhies’ experience fighting for working people on local, state and national levels as a key factor behind the organization’s endorsement.

"As the Legislative and Political Coordinator for the United Steel Workers, Brett understands the fight working men and women face every day to provide for their families and maintain dignity on their job.” Zeller said. “He has been a tremendous voice for working people throughout his life, and we will do everything we can to make sure that Brett takes that voice to the Indiana House of Representatives to fight for us there.”

Voorhies, who lives with his wife Angie and two young children just outside of Speedway, is currently the Legislative and Political Coordinator for the United Steelworkers International Union. In his 17 years on the job, Voorhies has worked with elected officials, business people and labor to create new jobs, protect workers and improve educational opportunities for Hoosier families through the various legislative and grassroots initiatives he has spearheaded.

“I am honored that my fellow working men and women have endorsed my candidacy and offered their assistance,” said Voorhies. “I am running for this office for them, and I know I can’t do it without them. This early endorsement is another great sign of the momentum this effort continues to build and speaks well of things to come.”

As a state representative, Voorhies pledges to work to create new manufacturing jobs for Hoosier workers by developing the demand for the industrial components for wind, solar and other clean energy. He will also work to improve Indiana’s schools, for low taxes and to keep our streets safe by funding police and fire services.

To learn more about Brett Voorhies, or his campaign for House District 92, please visit www.brettvoorhies.com or call (317) 435-3333.

Voorhies is a candidate for the House seat currently occupied by Republican Phil Hinkle.

Stephanie DeKemper, who ran for the seat in 2008, is also looking at a run on the Democratic side. Looks like House District 92's race will be interesting all the way. Whether it's Voorhies or DeKemper, Hinkle can expect a strong challenge again.

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