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Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

UNITE HERE endorses Andy Kim

By David Wildstein, February 24 2020 2:46 pm

UNITE HERE, a major service workers union, has endorsed Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) for re-election to a second term.

“Andy Kim has demonstrated his commitment to working people and in particular has a keen understanding of the struggles working families face in the hospitality industry every day,” said Bob McDevitt, the Local 54 president. “UNITE HERE members are proud to claim Andy as one of our true friends in Congress and we will fight like hell to secure his reelection.”

Kim is stockpiling early union endorsements as he awaits the results of what is becoming a heated Republican primary to pick his opponent.  One of his potential GOP opponents, former Burlington County freeholder Kate Gibbs, works for the Operating Engineers Local 825.

“I’ve been proud to stand alongside members of UNITE HERE! in New Jersey as they fight for better wages, better working conditions, and a better chance at the American Dream,” said Kim. “I’m equally proud to have them on my side for the fight ahead. The stakes of this election are too high for working people to sit on the sidelines. Together, we’ll make sure Burlington and Ocean Counties, not big corporations or Washington insiders, have a voice in Congress.”

Gibbs unseated two-term incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by a narrow 50%-49% margin in 2018.  Republicans view Kim’s seat as winnable.

She races a primary challenge from former Hill International CEO David Richter, Barnegat mayor John Novak and former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto.

Kim has also been endorsed by Ironworkers Local 399, UA Local 322, Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians, Teamsters Local 676 and Joint Council 53, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey, the Communication Workers of America Local 1036 and Local 1032, The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the New Jersey State Association of Letter Carriers, the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ), and the Amalgamated Transit Union New Jersey State Council.

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