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Working Families Win Big in Tuesday’s Elections

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By AFSCME Staff Worth the Fight Politics and Elections

Working families won big in Tuesday’s elections in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere. They won by making their voices heard at the ballot box and by working through their unions to help elect pro-worker candidates.

AFSCME members played key roles in several of last night’s wins. In New Jersey, AFSCME members were at the forefront of Phil Murphy’s campaign for governor. Murphy went on to handily defeat Kim Guadagno, Gov. Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor. Murphy’s victory marked the end of the Christie regime, known for its constant attacks against working families and retirees.

In Virginia, working families supported Ralph Northam, who decisively defeated Ed Gillespie. They also supported pro-worker candidates Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively. Both of them went on to win. 

Elizabeth Guzman, a member of AFSCME Virginia Local 3001, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Elizabeth Guzman, a member of AFSCME Virginia Local 3001, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Also in Virginia, AFSCME member Elizabeth Guzman won a long-standing Republican seat by a wide margin. Guzman is a member of AFSCME Virginia Local 3001 and made history as one of the first two Latinas to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She joins at least 15 other pro-worker state candidates who won Tuesday.

Other victories:

The list goes on and on. Working families and AFSCME members like you also helped ensure pro-worker victories in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Tuesday’s election victories are a reminder of the power that working people have, especially when they join together in strong unions. We’ve said that strong unions make for stronger communities, and we’ve pointed the way forward in the AFSCME Agenda.

At a time when working people and their unions are under attack, Tuesday’s elections give a clear mandate to the victors – to stand up for working families and their freedoms, including the freedom to join in strong unions.