Hennepin County Candidate Pittman Receives Major Labor Endorsements
(New Hope, Minn.) — Hennepin County Commissioner candidate De’Vonna Pittman has recently received endorsements of two more major labor unions, her campaign announced Thursday. Both the Teamsters Joint Council 32 and the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation have declared Pittman as their endorsed candidate.
“Teamsters are very excited to endorse De’Vonna Pittman to be the next Commissioner from the northern suburbs of Hennepin County,” said Edward Reynoso, Political Director of Teamsters Joint 32 Council “We need strong support on the county board for workforce development issues and support for workers. We trust De’Vonna to be a great new partner on issues such as training opportunities for youth, sustainable jobs creation, and funding for our county roads.”
Pittman is the DFL-endorsed candidate for Hennepin County Board in District 1, and she has previously earned the endorsements of organizations such as The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5, Women Winning, the DFL Veteran’s Caucus and the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW). She is running in a three-way primary race against MaryJo Melsha, the endorsed Republican candidate, and Brooklyn Park’s Jeff Lunde. Voters in the primary will be able to cast their ballots on or before Aug. 11.
“Since November of last year, I have been listening to the people of District 1,” Pittman said. “Our neighbors want collaboration, and they want someone who will advocate for the issues that affect them and be responsive to them.
“I know how our system works, and sometimes does not work, for the people of our district, I plan to continue to be a strong advocate for business owners, residents, and everyone who lives in the First District. I will put what I have learned and heard into stronger practice for everyone in the communities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo and Robbinsdale.”
Pittman, a small-business owner, published author and volunteer community activist, is the owner of Nature’s Syrup, a line of organic skin and hair-care products, and founder and board chair of the Minnesota Black Authors Expo. a semi-annual festival that showcases outstanding literary work coming from the state’s African-American community.
“Hennepin County commissioners are stewards of over $2.4 billion dollars,” Pittman said. “Among other duties, they decide how to reduce disparities in education, employment, health, housing, income, justice and transportation. As county commissioners, I will focus my efforts on key issues such as affordable housing, workforce training and reinvigorating the blue line extension conversations.”
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