Dubuque, IA — Today, the Iowa Brotherhood of Electrical Workers State Conference endorsed State Representative Abby Finkenauer in the race for Iowa’s First Congressional District. The Iowa IBEW State Conference represents over 9,000 members across Iowa.
“In her four years in the State House, Abby’s proven herself a dedicated fighter for Iowa’s workers,” said Patrick Wells, President of the IBEW Conference. “The system has been rigged to benefit only those at the top and the only way to fix it is to elect a new generation of leaders who will fight for Iowa’s working families. Raised in a union home, Abby understands that strong unions mean a strong middle class. Iowa’s First District deserves new leadership, and Abby Finkenauer has our full support.”
This major endorsement continues the momentum for the Finkenauer campaign, having announced raising nearly $500,000 in the first three months of the year and releasing the first digital ad of the campaign. Reflecting the campaign’s strength, a recent poll showed Finkenauer beating Blum in a direct matchup 47%-41%.
“Earning the support of the IBEW State Conference is a true honor. They’ve had my back time and time again, just as I’ve had the backs of working families across Iowa in the State House, fighting against Republican attacks on our workers,” said Finkenauer. “I’m running for Congress because Washington, D.C. has forgotten about Iowa’s working families, and it’s time we send a voice for better jobs and higher wages to Congress.”
Finkenauer’s earned a long list of support from labor groups and progressive organizations, including Iowa Teamsters, AFSCME Council 61, Dubuque Building and Construction Trades, Dubuque Professional Firefighters Association Local 25, Ironworkers Local 89, Plumbers and Pipefitters of East Central Iowa Local 125, LIUNA Local 43, SMART Local 91, Steelworkers District 11, Operating Engineers Local 234, Boilermakers Local 83, Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local 81, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, EMILY’s List, NARAL, End Citizens United, and over twenty elected officials and activists.