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GRAND RAPIDS June 29, 2016– The Kent-Ionia Labor Council has announced today that it has endorsed Christopher Reader for Kent County Clerk. He is facing off against Republican Lisa Posthumus Lyons for the open seat.
Reader, a Grand Rapids resident, has been an active community servant for over a decade, fighting tirelessly for his city and his neighborhood. He’s led the way on environmental causes through his work with the West Michigan Environmental Action Center and Green Grand Rapids. And he’s been a leader when it comes to local park preservation.
Most importantly, he’s a strong ally of labor. Reader has notified the KICLC Board that he adamantly opposes privatization of public services, he supports local organizing drives, and he stands opposed to any legislation that makes voting more difficult for anyone.
“We need to elect Christopher Reader Kent County Clerk because he’s the only candidate running who stands strongly against voter suppression,” said KICLC President Sean Egan (IBEW Local 275). “Many right-wing politicians in Michigan, including Christopher’s opponent Lisa Posthumus Lyons, have supported legislation that makes it more difficult for residents to cast a ballot. Leaders like Christopher are our only defense against continued attacks on our democracy.
“The question we have to ask ourselves is this: Do we want to see large portions of our population disenfranchised on Election Day, or do we support a fair democratic system where voter registration and casting a ballot are easy? In labor we support free and fair elections, and so does Christopher Reader. That’s why he has the Kent-Ionia Labor Council’s full support in this race for County Clerk.”