Here’s Why These 3 Rank-And-File Union Members Are Running for Maryland Public Office

BALTIMORE – Determined to win a larger role in the state Democratic Party organization, Maryland’s labor unions are entering the 2018 off-year election season early, and betting on some of their own rank-and-file members for places in the state legislature and other local offices…

…For Alethia McCaskill, the 2016 presidential election was only the end point of a growing conviction that she should become more involved in local elections. The African-American neighborhoods around her home in the suburb of Catonsville have long suffered from neglect from their current officials, especially Democratic Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, she says. So the SEIU Local 500 member decided to take the leap and challenge the incumbent in the party primary coming up in June.

Click here to read the rest of the article, written by Bruce Vail and published in In These Times


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