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Alabama AFL-CIO endorses James Averhart

Democratic congressional nominee James Averhart’s campaign announced this week that he has been endorsed by the Alabama AFL-CIO in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. He recently won the Democratic primary runoff where he defeated Kiani Gardner.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is the nation’s largest union.

“I would like to thank the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) for their endorsement,” Averhart said in a statement. “I understand that the U.S. labor force is the pillar of our nation’s strength. We must protect and advance the rights and benefits that our labor force needs to work with dignity and create better lives for themselves and their families.”

“The AFL-CIO mobilizes its members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and strive daily to vanquish oppression and make communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin,” Averhart said. “With this being the mission, this organization has the overall goal of improving the lives of working families. I will be dedicated to advocating for policies to raise wages, increasing job training programs, providing sustainable supports to small businesses, and supporting equal pay for equal work. Working families make up the backbone of our economy. Therefore, it is imperative that working families prosper, so that our country prospers.”

Averhart faces Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl in the Nov. 3 general election. The seat is open because incumbent Congressman Bradley Byrne is not seeking another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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