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Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood)

Hotel workers’ union backs Johnson for Senate

By Nikita Biryukov, March 10 2021 9:59 am

New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, backed Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) in the race to succeed Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) Wednesday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to our industry unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. Our members have been on the front lines in this crisis, which is why it’s more important than ever to support lawmakers that will carry our members’ interests into office,” the union said in a statement. “Gordon Johnson has fought to protect the rights and livelihoods of working people, from voting to raise the minimum wage to supporting safer working conditions for hotel employees.”

Johnson and his running mate, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), are locked in a primary to succeed Weinberg, who is not seeking re-election, putting an end to a career in public office that stretched for more than 45 years.

Vainieri Huttle and her slate of Assembly candidates are running off the line. The assemblywoman made that decision after it became clear Johnson would win Bergen County Democrats’ organizational line.

“We know that Gordon will continue his record of supporting and preserving great hospitality jobs and will be a true partner as our industry seeks revitalization beyond the pandemic,” the union said. “The Hotel Trades Council is solidly behind Gordon Johnson for State Senate and we look forward to organizing on his behalf.”

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