Washington Teachers’ Union and D.C. Firefighters Association Endorse Kenyan McDuffieWednesday, May 09, 2012
Washington, D.C.—The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) and the District of Columbia Firefighters Association today announced the endorsement of Kenyan McDuffie for the D.C. City Council Ward 5 seat.
Throughout his legal career, Kenyan McDuffie has fought to eliminate poverty and inequality. He has the credentials and experience to improve the economic, social and public safety issues impacting Ward 5. Attorney McDuffie was raised in a working class family of six by a father who was an electrician and a mother who was a library technician.
“Kenyan McDuffie offers the kind of commitment, experience and integrity that Ward 5 and our city needs,” said WTU President Nathan A. Saunders. “Born into a working class union family and with a daughter who attends D.C. Public Schools, McDuffie is concerned with what our children and communities need. The Washington Teachers’ Union stands with the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO in endorsing Kenyan McDuffie for the Ward 5 seat knowing that his ethics, integrity and experience can elevate the D.C. City Council.”
After several meetings with Kenyan McDuffie, we have reached a comfort level with his genuine commitment to labor and respecting the collective bargaining process,” said Edward Smith, president of the D.C. Firefighters Association. “Mr. McDuffie is clear of his staunch support of providing the needed resources to allow public safety to stay in line with national standards—allowing the highest level of efficiency of service to our communities while maintaining the needed safety to our workforce.”