SEIU, local laborers announce Metro Council endorsements

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7:13pm
Staff reports

Two local unions — one representing public employees and the other representing laborers — announced their Metro Council endorsements Wednesday, two weeks before early voting begins July 15.

The Service Employees International Union Local 205, which represents Metro government workers, has endorsed only two of the five incumbent at-large members, Megan Barry and Tim Garrett.

Instead of backing council members Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine or Charlie Tygard, the SEIU is supporting at-large candidates Councilman Eric Crafton, Ken Jakes and Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite.

Meanwhile, the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 386 has endorsed four of the incumbent at-large members. Rather than backing Tygard, the laborers support Wilhoite.

The laborers opted to endorse Mayor Karl Dean and Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors in their re-election bids. But the SEIU released only council endorsements. Both have opted not to endorse in certain races.

The SEIU endorsements are as follows:

At large:

Megan Barry

Eric Crafton

Tim Garrett

Ken Jakes

Vivian Wilhoite

District 1: Lonnell Matthews, Jr.

District 2: Gloria Jones

District 3: Walter Hunt

District 4: Brady Banks

District 5: Priscilla Eaton

District 6: Peter Westerholm

District 7: No endorsement

District 8: No endorsement

District 9: No endorsement

District 10: Doug Pardue

District 11: Darren Jernigan

District 12: No endorsement

District 13: No endorsement

District 14: Bruce Stanley

District 15: No endorsement

District 16: Anna Page

District 17: No endorsement

District 18: David Glasgow

District 19: Erica Gilmore

District 20: Buddy Baker

District 21: Edith Langster

District 22: Seanna Brandmeir

District 23: Emily Evans

District 24: Jason Holleman

District 25: No endorsement

District 26: Chris Harmon and Brock Parks

District 27: Davette Blalock

District 28: Duane Dominy

District 29: Karen Johnson

District 30: Jason Potts

District 31: Fabian Bedne

District 32: Jacobia Dowell

District 33: Robert Duvall

District 34: No endorsement

District 35: Bo Mitchell  

 

The Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 386 endorsements are the following:

At-Large:

Megan Barry

Jerry Maynard

Ronnie Steine

Tim Garrett

Vivian Wilhoite

District 1: Lonnell Matthews, Jr.

District 2: Frank Harrison

District 3: Walter Hunt

District 4: Brady Banks

District 5: No endorsement

District 6: No endorsement

District 7: Anthony Davis

District 8: Nancy VanReece

District 9: Bill Pridemore

District 10: Doug Pardue

District 11: Darren Jernigan

District 12: No endorsement

District 13: Marilyn Robinson

District 14: No endorsement

District 15: No endorsement

District 16: Anna Page

District 17: Sandra Moore

District 18: David Glasgow

District 19: Erica Gilmore

District 20: Buddy Baker

District 21: Edith Langster

District 22: Seanna Brandmeir

District 23: No endorsement

District 24: No endorsement

District 25: Sean McGuire

District 26: Chris Harmon

District 27: No endorsement

District 28: Tanaka Vercher

District 29: Karen Johnson

District 30: No endorsement

District 31: Fabian Bedne

District 32: Markeith Braden

District 33: Page Turner

District 34: No endorsement

District 35: Bo Mitchell

15 Comments on this post:

By: Nitzche on 6/29/11 at 6:35

lenin, Stalin,Chavez, Castro, Obama, must not be on the ballot?

By: govskeptic on 6/29/11 at 6:42

Money see. money do-Not a surprise in the bunch.
If you had to make any promises to the Unions for said endorsement
hold up; your right hand!

By: Kosh III on 6/30/11 at 5:50

We won't see any public endorsements by business groups, they prefer to do it under the table where their bribes can go unnoticed.

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It would be nice if this paper would do a series of articles on each district and candidate. Good information on candidates is hard to obtain.

By: treehugger7 on 6/30/11 at 6:16

Amen, Kosh!Profile one a day. The lame "up for debate" section could profile all of them instead of trying to create a debate about a topic that has been debated ad nauseum.

By: Wild Bill on 6/30/11 at 6:34

Thanks SEIU,now I know who not to vote for.

It will be interesting to see who on this list is elected.

Nitzche, you left off Che.

By: macjedi on 6/30/11 at 8:02

How the HELL can the SEIU endorse a hateful and hypocritical man like Crafton? By his past actions, he has demonstrated that many of their workforce should just have been deported! This makes me doubt a group I would normally defend.

By: glancaster on 6/30/11 at 8:26

Will somebody please tell me how both candidates in my district 25 can be endorsed???

By: glancaster on 6/30/11 at 8:27

OOPS. I meant district 26 and I see that they now have taken off one of the candidates. Unfortunately, it was the one that I like!

By: girliegirl on 6/30/11 at 9:07

Nitzche:

lenin, Stalin,Chavez, Castro, Obama, must not be on the ballot?

LMAO :-)

By: girliegirl on 6/30/11 at 9:08

Glancaster....because your candidates LIKE businesses. They must be too conservative and not "Chavez/Stalin/Castro/Obama" enough. LOL

By: GUARDIAN on 6/30/11 at 10:17

GUARDIAN- Anyone these two groups back has to be bad for Nashville, Tennessee and America. GOD Bless the wonderful country we will in and may these creatures of evil as all unions are soon find themselves back under the rocks they came from.

By: Kosh III on 6/30/11 at 12:26

There is no room under the rocks, it's already occupied by greedy corporations who hire illegal aliens and ship American jobs off to slave labor in China.

By: conservarage on 7/1/11 at 9:37

"How the HELL can the SEIU endorse a hateful and hypocritical man like Crafton?"

to macjedi, wanting to enforce immiagration laws apparently equals 'hateful'

By: conservarage on 7/1/11 at 9:38

er immigration

By: macjedi on 7/16/11 at 10:36

Immigration laws do not state that you have to speak English to be helped in an emergency room. Crafton is a cruel man.