The progressive, grassroots third party is one of the most influential in the state

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BROOKLYN, NY, July 6, 2018 -- Today, Andrew Gounardes received the official endorsement of the Working Families Party (WFP) for his candidacy for New York State Senate, District 22. The WFP is one of the most influential political parties, comprised of a coalition of progressive community and civic organizations, unions, activists, and leaders of various social justice movements.

“The Working Families Party has led the charge for some of the most significant policy changes for working families including paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage, so it’s a tremendous honor to have their support,” said Gounardes. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to live the American Dream, not just the wealthy and well connected. Working families are the backbone of our economy and we need to be doing more to support them. When I get to Albany I will work to ensure every New York child has the opportunity to attend quality public school and to graduate from college debt-free, and that the voices of everyday voters count more than corporations.”

The race in District 22 is an incredibly important one, as it could mean the difference between a Republican or Democratic majority in the State Senate.

“Andrew can be trusted to fight hard to level the playing field for working families in New York. Marty Golden and the Republican-controlled Senate have stood in the way of the progressive policies that New York families are counting on,” said New York Working Families Party Director Bill Lipton. “Andrew understands the importance and urgency of supporting unions, expanding workers’ rights, reforming our election laws, fixing our broken subway system, and fully funding our public schools. When he wins, it will be a tremendous victory for all hard-working New Yorkers.”

Gounardes has already been endorsed by the local chapter of United Automobile Workers, SEIU 32BJ, the District 1 chapter of Communications Workers of America, Former Council Member Vincent Gentile, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, Council Member Mark Treyger, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Bay Ridge Democrats, the Brooklyn Young Democrats, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the Southern Brooklyn Democrats, the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, the Chairperson of the Kings County Democrats Frank Seddio and Run for Something.


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