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Dan LaVallee, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 3rd District, continues to gain support from labor.
He’s announced that the United Mine Workers of America District 2, The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 293, and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO have endorsed his campaign.
LaVallee is unopposed for his party’s nomination in the May 20 primary. His competition will come from U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., in the Nov. 4 election. Kelly also has no opposition in the primary.
Officials from all three unions issued statements in support of the Democrat’s candidacy.
Dave Chiaramonte, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 293 in Erie said, “For our 136 members, Dan LaVallee would be the fresh air and energy western Pennsylvania needs to serve them in Washington. Dan’s desire to give these first responders the voice at the table they deserve is in the public’s best interest.”
Ed Yankovich, United Mine Workers of America International District 2 vice president, said, “I met Dan early on in the campaign trail and his energy and ability to listen impressed me the most. He was passionate about understanding the issues that effect not just our members but all working families.”
Frank Snyder, secretary-treasurer for the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO said, “I have known Dan for some time now, and I have always been impressed by what a talented, compassionate and intelligent man he is. He would be the perfect person to represent all of the constituents of the 3rd District. He will stand with not just western Pennsylvania, but with working men and women across our state.”
LaVallee said he is honored to receive the union support.
“I am proud to have been endorsed by one of America’s oldest unions, our first Erie local, and the statewide governing board for those unions. It’s a clear sign of the momentum we’ve gained, and the kind of campaign we’re running,” he said.
– John Guerriero