Betsy Rader Endorsed by the Ohio AFL-CIO

Russell Township, Ohio – On Tuesday, our campaign announced the endorsement of the Ohio AFL-CIO. “Betsy is a very strong candidate, a proven fundraiser, and will energetically represent the interests of working people,” said Harriet Applegate, Executive Secretary of the North Shore Federation of Labor representing Lake and Geauga as well as Cuyahoga counties.

Dave Prentice, Executive Secretary of the Tri County Regional Labor Council, which includes Portage County, stated that, “our more than 40,000 active and retired members are proud and enthusiastic to support Betsy. We look forward to her successful election.”

In total, the Ohio AFL-CIO represents over 500,000 union workers from 40 affiliated international unions in the public, private and federal sectors of employment.

Rader stated, “As an employment lawyer who represents working people, I am truly honored by this endorsement. I look forward to working with organized labor during this grassroots campaign and once I am elected. Ohio’s hard-working people deserve respect, and I will be a tireless advocate for laws and policies that protect workers and provide opportunities for everyone in Ohio to support their families and lead a good life.”

The endorsement comes on the heels of Betsy’s record-breaking fundraising announcement at the end of January. In tandem with her fundraising numbers, this endorsement signals growing momentum for Betsy’s campaign for this open seat in the State Senate.

Senate District 18 is an open seat that is highly competitive in 2020. Ohio State Senate District 18 encompasses all of Portage County as well as large portions of Lake and Geauga County. It includes institutions of higher learning such as Kent State University. The current state senator, John Eklund, is term-limited.

Betsy has been and always will be a fighter for workers and their families. If you believe in fighting for workers’ rights, join our movement by chipping in a few dollars or signing up to volunteer.