Mayoral candidates Catherine E. Pugh and Elizabeth Embry on Monday picked up key union endorsements in the crowded race to become Baltimore's next mayor.
Pugh, a state senator, received the endorsement of the political wing of the city firefighters' union, which committed members for door-knocking and campaigning at polls on Election Day.
"Senator Pugh takes public safety serious," firefighters union president Rick Hoffman said in a statement. "She has protected the rights of all workers in Baltimore and the state and has been the sponsor of bills which benefit firefighters every day."
Embry, a high-ranking lawyer in the Attorney General's Office, received the endorsements of two branches of the Communications Workers of America. The unions represent workers in the telecom, higher education and printing industries.
"It is clear that Baltimore needs new leadership that can make our city safer but also one that has a commitment to growing good paying jobs," Bill Dulaney, president of Communications Workers of America Local 2101, said in a statement. "A lot of those jobs will come from providing better broadband and Elizabeth Embry understands that."
Other union endorsements in the race have gone to Pugh and former Mayor Sheila Dixon. Pugh, Dixon and Embry are among 13 Democrats running in the April 26 primary race to succeed Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as mayor. Five Republicans and three Green party members also are running.