With Teamsters Endorsement, Labor Shifts to Walker
Cedar Rapids, IA – In a unanimous vote, the Teamsters Local 238 endorsed Stacey Walker in the Democratic primary for Linn County Supervisor. The Teamsters are known to be one of the more politically active unions in the country and maintains a large membership in Iowa. The organization boasts 6,000 members in 84 counties, with 900 members in Linn County, making Local 238 the largest in the state.
“Stacey Walker has spent his entire career working for the causes of justice and equality,” said Jesse Case, State Political Director for the Teamsters Union. “We need his leadership in office now more than ever. We’re encouraging our membership to support him. He’s worked hard for us, and we’ll work hard for him.”
Teamsters Local 238 is the latest in a series of high-profile labor endorsements for Walker’s campaign. His campaign has received endorsements from RWDSU, Tammy Wawro, President of the Iowa State Education Association, and other officials with strong ties to organized labor including State Representative Liz Bennett and Cedar Rapids Councilmembers Dale Todd and Ashley Vanorny. These endorsements should bolster his chances heading into the final weeks of the primary election.
“This is a big win for our campaign,” said Stacey Walker. “It’s an honor to have the support of an organization leading the fight for equal justice under the law. The labor movement has always been a catalyst for change, and I count it a privilege to have their support as we continue to advocate for working families and those people whose voices so often go unheard.”
Stacey Walker will face incumbent Jim Houser in the democratic primary to be held on June 5. First elected in 2016, Walker became the first African American to hold elective office at the countywide level for Linn County. Since coming to office, Walker has made a name for himself as a progressive advocate for working families and social justice issues.