Two candidates for the 7th Congressional District seat have received key endorsements from powerful sectors of organized labor.
The Rev. Frank M. Reid III was endorsed yesterday by a coalition of labor unions representing more than 30,000 blue-collar workers. State Sen. Delores E. Kelley received the backing of the National Education Association, acting on the recommendation of the Maryland State Teachers Association, which represents 46,000 educators in the state.
Ms. Kelley's endorsement came with a $5,000 contribution from the NEA, the largest amount allowed by an organization under federal campaign law.
Her campaign also announced yesterday a $5,000 contribution from EMILY'S List, a national political action committee that supports Democratic women running for Congress who favor abortion rights. The PAC's name is an acronym for Early Money Is Like Yeast ("It makes the dough rise.")
Karl K. Pence, MSTA president, said his organization recommended endorsing Ms. Kelley because she has a record of strong support for education funding in the General Assembly.
Mr. Pence said that in addition to the contribution, MSTA volunteers would help Ms. Kelley's campaign with phone calls and other voter contacts.
Ms. Kelley called the endorsement "a significant boost" to her campaign.
Dr. Reid's endorsement came from a coalition of labor unions. They included the Maryland-D.C. State Council of Machinists; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 67; the Communications Workers of America, Local 2101; the Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees, Local 744; and the Service Employees International Union, District 1199E-DC.
The unions that backed Dr. Reid yesterday are part of the Metropolitan Baltimore Area Council of the AFL-CIO.
The union organizers said they would mobilize their memberships for Dr. Reid, help get out mailings, work phone banks and knock on voters' doors.
"We're going to go out, work our members, call people and get people out on Election Day," said Robert Moore, president of the SEIU, District 1199E-DC.