Service employees union endorses Charlie Crist, others
Charlie Crist gets the Souls to the Polls. Image via Charlie Crist campaign.

Charlie Crist and Florida SEIU members
The union also backs Val Demings, Aramis Ayala, Adam Hattersley.

Continuing his efforts to round up labor union support, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Thursday picked up the endorsement of the Florida chapter of Service Employees International Union.

The union, which represents 80,000 professionals and workers statewide, also announced its endorsements Thursday of Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings for the U.S. Senate, former State Attorney Aramis Ayala for Attorney General, and former state Rep. Adam Hattersley for Chief Financial Officer, as well as of dozens of congressional, legislative and local candidates. That followed about 30 endorsements the union announced earlier.

Just about all the endorsements went to Democrats, but many of them are in Democratic Primary Elections, where the union approval could be a factor.

“This election comes at a critical time for working families and we must elect public officials that believe in protecting workers’ rights and in creating communities where all families and individuals can thrive,” said Martha Baker, president of SEIU Florida’s State Council.

“Working Floridians are the backbone of our economy and deserve the ability to support their families and live with dignity. We will continue to support candidates who have stepped up for the working people of Florida.”

Crist is battling Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for the gubernatorial Democratic Primary nomination.

The SEIU endorsement adds to several other labor union endorsements, including from teachers unions, which Crist has aggressively courted during his campaign.

“These are working people. SEIU is one of the most important unions in America today because they have courage and they do the right thing,” Crist said at a West Palm Beach announcement of the endorsements.

Demings and Hattersley have nominal Democratic Primary opposition. Ayala is battling with Jim Lewis and Daniel Uhlfelder.

 Among other SEIU endorsements announced Thursday:

— Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

— Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost in Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

— Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in Florida’s 20th Congressional District.

— Democrat Jared Moskowitz in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.

— Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson in Florida’s 24th Congressional District.

— Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo in Florida’s 27th Congressional District.

Scott Powers

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  • Tom

    June 16, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Didn’t they get a raise from the Repub legislature, and Gov signed off.
    Pathetic ungrateful Ingrates

  • Impeach Biden

    June 17, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    I bet Charlie Crust’s hands are as soft as an infant. That dude doesn’t do manual labor.

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 19, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Good morning America,
    80,000 members most of them likely speak little or no English and have no idea what that union deduction from their paychecks is about. Most of the members dont follow politics. Most of the members dont vote. The small percentage that do vote are the ones that understand what Biden has done to bring our recently great nation to its knees and will not be voting for any Florida Democrats.
    Great representation of your members there SEIU.
    Thank You America,
    Earl Pitts American

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