District 1199 Endorses Ned Lamont for Governor, Susan Bysiewicz for Lt. Governor, Kevin Lembo for Comptroller, Denise Merrill for Secretary of the State and William Tong for Attorney-General

State’s Largest Union of Health Care Workers also endorses 51 candidates in State Senate and State House races

HARTFORD, CT — The state’s largest union of health care workers, the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU, announced today endorsements for four constitutional officers in addition to Ned Lamont for Governor: Susan Bysiewicz for Lieutenant-Governor, Kevin Lembo for Comptroller, Denise Merrill for Secretary of the State and William Tong for Attorney-General. The union, which represents more than 25,000 professional and paraprofessional caregivers in Connecticut, also announced that it has made endorsements in 13 contests for State Senate seats, and 38 for State House races.

“We are proud to endorse all of these candidates,” said David W. Pickus, President of District 1199. “They sat down with our members across the state, talked about our issues and they share our values and our vision for a just, compassionate society.”

“Health care workers in Connecticut understand that this election is critical, not only for their own families but for all the Connecticut citizens they support in hospitals, nursing homes, community group homes, clinics and social service agencies. They are committed to ensuring that candidates like Susan, Kevin, Denise and William win on November 6, for the benefit of working people and all the residents of our great state.”

“We have thousands of engaged, motivated union activists out knocking on doors, dialing phones and walking every block in the state to talk to their co-workers about why this election is so important.”

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