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Ferreras Campaign Surges with New Endorsements from WFP and UFCW Local 1500

Queens Council Candidate Gets New Momentum

QUEENS -Julissa Ferreras’s campaign for City Council received new momentum today by winning the endorsements of the Working Families Party (WFP) and UFCW Local 1500.

Julissa Ferreras, Candidate for City Council

Julissa Ferreras, Candidate for City Council

“Working families in Queens need Julissa Ferreras in the City Council,” said Dan Cantor, WFP executive director.  “In every election, we interview the candidates and evaluate their positions on the issues that matter most to working families. In this race, we’re convinced that Julissa Ferreras is the best candidate for working families on Queens.  And we’re excited to be a part of her winning campaign.”  The WFP is a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions that advocates for good jobs, better schools and affordable housing.

“Julissa Ferreras has been a strong advocate for working men and women in Queens.  She has been a leader on the issues our members care about most – quality affordable health care, affordable housing and good jobs for people who live in the community.  The workers of our union are excited to be supporting her,” said Patrick Purcell, organizing director of UFCW Local 1500.  The union represents more than 22,000 members working in the grocery industry across the metropolitan New York area, and is the largest grocery workers union in the state.

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I am gratified to receive the support of the Working Families Party and UFCW Local 1500.  Their support sends a message to men and women who work for a living that I will continue to unite our whole community to fight for working people,” said Ferreras.  “And I know that when these organizations support a candidate – they help you win.”

Ferreras is the leading candidate in the special election to fill the vacancy in the 21st council district includes the Queens neighborhoods of Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.  The special election will be held on February 24th.

Today’s endorsements follow a string of events that have caused local observers to identify Ferreras as the “frontrunner” in the campaign (Queens Courier, 1/8/09), the candidate “topping the list” (Queens Gazette, 1/7/09) in the special election field.

  • Yesterday, Ferreras received the first labor union endorsement of the campaign – from the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC), New York State’s second-largest private-sector labor union.
  • Ferreras has been endorsed by 14 past or present members of the City Council
  • Ferreras leads all 21st district candidates in fundraising
  • Ferreras was the first candidate in to file nominating petitions for the February 24th special election – and will appear on the ballot under the “United We Can” party label.

For more information about Julissa Ferreras, please visit www.JulissaFerreras.com.




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