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Democratic Candidate for Congress Molly Gray Announces First Major Union Endorsement from NASRCC

Apr 21, 2022
For Immediate Release:
Press Contact: Samantha Sheehan
[email protected]
(401) 864-7538

Burlington, VT – Today, Lt. Governor Molly Gray, a Democratic Candidate for Congress, announced the endorsement of North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC).

NASRCC represents over 28,000 carpenters, pile drivers, floorcoverers, and shop and millmen, working across Vermont and New England. It is part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters – one of North America’s largest building trades unions, with nearly a half-million members.

“We are proud to support Lt. Gov. Molly Gray because she is a proven leader who has been a tireless champion for our members and working people,” said Kim Hokanson, Regional Manager for NASRCC Local 349 and Local 352. “We know that we can count on her to fight for the needs of all Vermont’s working families in Washington.”

“I support Lt. Governor Molly Gray because of her record of supporting human rights and her commitment to supporting the dignity of all workers here in Vermont,” said Jean Goodwin,  a Hubbardton resident, and 40-year NASRCC member.

“Vermont has some big goals – we must upgrade infrastructure, meet our climate targets, build and weatherize homes, and more,” said Gray. “As your Congresswoman, I’ll be a strong partner to Vermont’s unions and a champion for federal investment in a 21st-Century workforce in Washington.”

“We know that stronger unions build vibrant economies and healthier communities,” Gray said. “As Lt. Governor, I know that Vermont’s building trades and wood industries have powered our local economy for generations, and will be essential to building a brighter future. I’m so proud to have the support and partnership of the men and women of NASRCC.”

This is the campaign’s third major endorsement this week. Monday, Gray announced the support of Todd Stern, former U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Department of State from 2009 until 2016.  Tuesday, Gray announced the endorsement of Foreign Policy for America, a national nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen support for principled American engagement in the world. Last week, Gray announced the support of fourteen Vermont farmers and agricultural leaders, including former Vermont Secretaries of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Chuck Ross and Roger Allbee.

Campaign Manager Samantha Sheehan said: “The slate of endorsements this week reflect the skills, experience, and abiding commitment to Vermont that the Lt. Governor will bring to Washington as our next Congresswoman. Her unique experiences are that of a farmer’s daughter, a human rights lawyer, and a next-generation leader within the Democratic party. The broad base of support for her candidacy mirrors her laser focus on kitchen-table issues that all Vermonters care about.”

More information about Gray’s campaign for Congress can be found here.


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