Idaho AFL-CIO endorsement list: 51 Democrats, 3 Republicans

Posted by Dan Popkey on July 9, 2014 

Idaho State AFL-CIO President Rian Van Leuven spoke at the convention in Boise in June. Endorsements were decided at the annual meeting.

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The 11,000-member group aims at a 'more labor-friendly Idaho in 2015.'

The Idaho State AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of federal, statewide and legislative candidates Wednesday, leaning heavily toward labor's traditional allies in the Democratic Party.

Of the group's 54 endorsements, three went to Republicans: Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint, Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene and Rep. Clark Kauffman of Filer.

Only Keough has an opponent in the Nov. 4 election, Constitution Party nominee Christian Fioravanti.

“We are excited by the prospect of a more labor-friendly Idaho in 2015,” said President Rian Van Leuven, who aims to rebuild Idaho's labor movement and discussed his plans with the Statesman's Zach Kyle in June.

"We have endorsed candidates from both parties—people who we believe have the conviction to make the right choices for Idaho’s working families," Van Leuven said in a Wednesday news release. "These are the candidates who understand that we cannot continue with the policies that got us to the bottom of the barrel in terms of wages and wealth, and who we believe will work to help grow Idaho’s middle class.”

The release follows:

AFL-CIO Announces Endorsements for 2014 Elections

(BOISE)—The Idaho State AFL-CIO announced that it is endorsing dozens of candidates from across the state who will be on the ballot in the election this coming November. The organization, representing more than 11,000 Idahoans who are union members, looks to support candidates who will stand up for working families across the state, seek to create more good-paying jobs, and promote career and job readiness through education, apprenticeship, and workforce development programs.

“We are excited by the prospect of a more labor-friendly Idaho in 2015,” said President Rian Van Leuven. “We have spent months carefully considering and vetting candidates for endorsements through a process that began with our local unions and was completed at our Annual Convention in June. We have endorsed candidates from both parties—people who we believe have the conviction to make the right choices for Idaho’s working families. These are the candidates who understand that we cannot continue with the policies that got us to the bottom of the barrel in terms of wages and wealth, and who we believe will work to help grow Idaho’s middle class.” Van Leuven also commented on those races in which the AFL-CIO has not made a recommendation: “We are leaving the door open to candidates to come talk to us, and we may make additional endorsements in the lead-up to the election.” Statewide endorsements: United States Senate Nels Mitchell (D)

United States House of Representatives, District 1 Shirley Ringo (D)

United States House of Representatives, District 2 Richard Stallings (D)

Governor of Idaho A.J. Balukoff (D)

Lieutenant Governor Bert Marley (D)

Secretary of State Holli Woodings (D)

State Treasurer Deborah Silver (D)

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jana Jones (D)

Local endorsements:

District 1:

Senate: Shawn Keough (R)

House, Seat A: Laura Bry (D)

House, Seat B: Andrew Sorg (D)

District 2:

House, Seat A: Cheryl Stransky (D)

District 4:

House, Seat A: Luke Malek (R)

House, Seat B: Anne Nesse (D)

District 5:

Senate: Dan Schmidt (D)

House, Seat A: Paulette Jordan (D)

House, Seat B: Gary Osborn (D)

District 6:

House, Seat A: Dan Rudolph (D)

House, Seat B: John Rusche (D)

District 7:

House, Seat A: Jessica Chilcott (D)

District 9:

House, Seat A: Steve Worthley(D)

District 10:

Senate: Michael DeCoria (D)

House, Seat A: Travis Manning (D)

House, Seat B: Leif Skyving (D)

District 11: Senate: Rita Burns (D)

District 12:

Senate: Heidi Knittle (D)

House, Seat A: Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt (D)

House, Seat B: Lawrence Dawson (D)

District 14:

Senate: Robert Spencer Sr. (D)

House, Seat A: Jane Rohling (D)

House, Seat B: Rob Spencer (D)

District 15:

House, Seat A: Steve Berch (D)

District 16:

Senate: Grant Burgoyne (D)

House, Seat A: John McCrostie (D)

House, Seat B: Hy Kloc (D)

District 17:

Senate: Elliot Werk (D)

House, Seat A: John Gannon (D)

House, Seat B: Sue Chew (D)

District 18:

Senate: Janie Ward-Engelking (D)

House, Seat A: Ilana Rubel (D)

House, Seat B: Phylis King (D)

District 19:

Senate: Cherie Buckner-Webb (D)

House, Seat A: Mat Erpelding (D)

House, Seat B: Melissa Wintrow (D)

District 24:

Senate: Shelley Gardner (D)

House, Seat A: Dale Varney (D)

House, Seat B: Catherine Talkington (D)

District 25:

House, Seat B: Clark Kauffman (R)

District 26:

Senate: Michelle Stennett (D)

House, Seat B: Donna Pence (D)

District 29:

Senate: Roy Lacey (D)

House, Seat A: Mark Nye (D)

House, Seat B: Elaine Smith (D)

District 33:

House, Seat B: Jim De Angelis (D)

 

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