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GRAND RAPIDS September 30, 2016– The Kent-Ionia Labor Council announces today five more endorsements for Kent County commission. In June, the KICLC endorsed Carol Hennessy and Phil Skaggs. The latest endorsements are: Keith Courtade (District 9), Frank Lynn (District 11), Christian Allen (District 12), Betsy Melton (District 13) and Tony Baker (District 18).
Keith Courtade is running against incumbent Matt Kallman in the county’s 9th district, while Frank Lynn is challenging incumbent Jim Saalfeld in the 11th. Both Courtade and Lynn have a long history of fighting for working families, Courtade as a county commissioner and Lynn as a long-time labor and community activist.
“We need leaders like Frank and Keith at the county, where they’ll continue to fight to change the rules which are currently stacked against working people,” said KICLC president Sean Egan (IBEW Local 275).
Christian Allen is running to unseat incumbent Harold J. Mast in the 12th district. Allen is a union member (UAW Local 1485) who is more than ready to represent working families at the county level.
“We need to elect more union members like Christian to public office,” said Egan. “Which is why we strongly endorse him for the Kent County Commission.”
Betsy Melton is running for an open seat in the 13th district. She is a strong, independent voice, and has been active for years in the Kentwood community, where she previously served on the Kentwood Public Schools Board of Education and is still an active voice for strong public schools.
“It’s important that Betsy win this race,” said Egan. “She’s got the experience to really make a difference for the working families of Kent County.”
Tony Baker is running against incumbent Dan Koorndyk for the 18th district seat. Tony is currently the president of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education. He is also an active union member (Ferris State University Faculty Association) is committed to public education and children.
“Tony stands with labor on the issues that matter to us– protecting prevailing wage, repealing right-to-work, raising the minimum wage, better access to healthcare for all,” said Egan. “It’s important to have a voice like Tony’s representing labor and all working families at the Kent County commission.”