Release from 1199SEIU

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1199SEIU Endorses Janeese Lewis George, Anthony Lorenzo Green, Jordan Grossman, Trayon White, and Robert White in DC Council Races

Washington, D.C. – The nation’s largest healthcare workers union 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East endorsed five candidates in the District of Columbia’s City Council Democratic primary races: Ward 2 (Jordan Grossman), Ward 4 (Janeese Lewis George), Ward 7 (Anthony Lorenzo Green), Ward 8 (Trayon White), and At-Large (Robert White).

Each of the endorsed candidates have actively promoted healthcare equity and labor organizing throughout the District of Columbia.

“As frontline healthcare workers, we are proud to endorse candidates who will fight for a healthy and equitable District of Columbia,” said Lisa Brown, Executive Vice President of the Maryland/DC Division of 1199SEIU. “The coronavirus pandemic has made clearer than ever that healthcare workers – Black, brown, and white – are absolutely essential. The pandemic has also shown that we must build real healthcare equity in the District. It is critical that we elect representatives who will organize with us to build a DC that works for all the District’s working families.”

“As a client services representative at a clinic that works with some of the District’s most vulnerable people, I see every day how the decisions our elected officials make affect the health of our communities,” said 1199SEIU member Danishia Whatley. “These candidates have the values and the policies it takes to build a more equitable city.”

1199SEIU will contribute significant support to endorsed candidates, including member-volunteers who will make phone calls and organize within their communities and on social media.

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With over 450,000 caregivers, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in the nation. The 1199SEIU Maryland/DC Division represents over 10,000 members who work in major academic medical centers and hospitals and long-term care facilities in Washington, D.C. and throughout Maryland.