HARRISBURG, Oct. 29, 2015 — The Pennsylvania State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is proud to endorse Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh for Montgomery County Commissioner in the Nov. 3 election.
The following statement is attributable to Gabe Morgan, Council President and Pennsylvania Director of SEIU 32BJ, Neal Bisno, Council Secretary-Treasurer and President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Tom Herman, President of SEIU Local 668, and David Melman, Manager of the PA Joint Board of Workers United.
“Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh are the dynamic and progressive leaders that working families in Montgomery County need. As the first Democratic Chairman of the Montgomery County board in 140 years, Shapiro is transforming the county’s government. He is leading efforts to reinvest in education, improve workforce training, and improve how those in need access life changing county services.
“As a doctor, Arkoosh knows that strong communities need good jobs, healthy neighborhoods and excellent public schools. She is a national leader in healthcare reform and is working to strengthen county services for children and seniors.
“Together, Shapiro and Arkoosh are dedicated to improving the education, health, safety and quality of life for everyone in Montgomery County. They led the fight against unfair Voter ID laws, even issuing county IDs until the courts struck down the law. They also supported efforts to issue the state’s first marriage licenses to LGBT Pennsylvanians, and they continue to defend women’s rights. They are the best choice for Montgomery County Commissioner.”
“We are proud to stand with SEIU,” said Shapiro. “We thank them for their support, and as Commissioners, we will continue to improve the quality of life in Montgomery County in a fiscally responsible way.”
Commissioner Arkoosh added: “Our fiscal record has allowed us to fund crucial services for working families throughout the state budget crisis. We are dedicated to moving Montgomery County forward for every family.”
SEIU PA is also supporting Judges Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht in the election for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Alice Dubow for Superior Court and Michael Wojcik for Commonwealth Court.