Union Endorsements Fly in Ward 6 Race
Which Ward 6 candidate do city employees think is right to replace Tommy Wells? It depends on which ones you ask. Both the firefighters' and police officers' unions backed former Wells staffer Charles Allen today, while the AFSCME local that represents other city workers endorsed former Harry Reid aide Darrel Thompson earlier this week.
Fraternal Order of Police president-elect Delroy Burton opted for some clean-house rhetoric in his endorsement. "If the District government is going to move past the seemingly unending cycle of public corruption and mismanagement—it is going to take people like Charles Allen to do it," Burton said in a statement.
Endorsing Thompson, AFSCME boss Geo T. Johnson pointed to his work with Reid on labor. “We didn’t have a difficult choice bringing [Thompson] into the family," John said at an endorsement ceremony yesterday.
In other competitive Council races, the AFSCME chapter also endorsed Ward 1 incumbent Jim Graham and At-Large Council candidate Anita Bonds.
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