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Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton). (Photo: courtesy of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee)

Steelworkers endorse Andy Kim

By David Wildstein, July 21 2020 10:16 am

The parade of union endorsements for Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) continues with the support of the United Steelworkers.

In less than a week, Kim has received the backing of the New Jersey Laborers Union (LiUNA), the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and the SEIU New Jersey State Council for his re-election bid in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

While the Laborers and the Carpenters unions mark an endorsement flip – both backed two-term Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) against Kim in 2018 – the Steelworkers endorsed Kim two years ago when he ousted the incumbent.

“The Steelworkers believe Andy shares our core values of family, jobs, and community and that he will support the issues of importance to labor and all working men and women throughout the state of New Jersey,” said United Steelworkers District 4 District Director Del Vitale.  “Andy has been on the side of the working class and their communities in New Jersey and has listened to our concerns and then acted on our behalf in Washington to make our voices heard.”

Kim faces Republican David Richter, a former Hill International CEO.  He defeated labor leader Kate Gibbs in the July 7 GOP primary.

“The United Steelworkers have been on the frontline in the fight for increased wages, better conditions, and a brighter future for our children for decades,” Kim said. “I’m proud to have their endorsement in my run for reelection, and to have their backs each and every day in Congress.”

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