Nine building trades unions have endorsed Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes for re-election, touting his support of labor unions and boosting the five-term Democrat’s chances for re-election this year.
Announcing their support of Hughes on Tuesday were: IBEW Local 269, Asbestos Workers Local 89, Boilermakers Local 28, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 4&5, Elevator Constructors Local 5, Ironworkers Local 399, Roofers Local 30, Sheetmetal Workers Local 19, and Dockbuilders & Piledrivers Local 1556.
Hughes faces a primary challenge from Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton). Both candidates have said they will run with our without the Democratic organization line.
“County Executive Hughes has always been a steadfast supporter of union labor,” said Wayne DeAngelo, Mercer County Building and Construction Trades Council and IBEW Local 269 Business Manager. “Our brothers and sisters know they have a friend in Brian Hughes and labor is always there for one of our own. This massive show of support is indicative of our friendship with Brian Hughes.”
DeAngelo, an assemblyman from the 14th district and Benson’s running mate, has endorsed Hughes’ bid for a sixth term.
“It means a great deal to earn the support of the hard-working men and women of organized labor,” Hughes said. “I have been fortunate to have formed a tremendous bond with the men and women of the building trades during my tenure as County Executive, which I’ve never taken for granted.”
He added, “My administration has always ensured that Mercer County projects are done by unions, which means they are done fairly, safely, and equitably for Mercer County families and taxpayers. Now, it’s time to take the gains we’ve made together and move forward to an even brighter future.”
As county executive, Hughes created a “direct hire” agreement that permitted Mercer County to directly employ building trades members for county projects.