U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield added another endorsement to her ledger late last week with the support of AFSCME Council 61.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is the nation’s largest trade union representing public employees, including those working for the state, county, city, school and private sector.
“Theresa understands firsthand the importance of strong unions, and Iowa’s public service workers can count on her to protect our right to organize for dignity and respect on the job,” said Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, in a statement.
Greenfield, a small business owner from Des Moines, said she was “grateful” to have the support of members “who advocate every day to give Iowa’s public service workers a stronger voice in the workplace and a fair shot on the job.”
“As Iowa’s next Senator,” Greenfield said, “I will fight alongside AFSCME to raise wages, invest in job training and education, protect union rights, and make sure all Iowans can retire with dignity.”
Greenfield launched her Senate campaign against Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in June, pitching her “farm kid” upbringing in Minnesota.
So far, she faces a three-way primary race, with a fourth candidate soon to jump in.
Since announcing her candidacy, Greenfield has landed endorsements from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, EMILY’s List and presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
She also has out-raised the rest of the Democratic field, collecting about $628,000 between April 1 and June 30. AFSCME’s Political Action Committee was among her donors, contributing $5,000.
By Elizabeth Meyer