Ivey picks up first labor endorsement in House race

IBEW local has 7,500 members in region.

Former Prince George’s County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey on Monday secured the first labor endorsement in the race for Maryland's 4th Congressional District, winning the support of a local electrical engineers union based in Lanham.

"Glenn is laser focused on creating good paying jobs at home and is committed to increasing the minimum wage," Chuck Graham, president of IBEW Local 26 said in a statement.

"Instead of shipping American jobs overseas, Glenn Ivey wants to invest in local projects like new school construction to put residents to work tomorrow," he said.

The union, the first endorse in the race, has 7,500 members in the Washington region.

The 4th District, which includes portions of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties, is in play because Rep. Donna F. Edwards is running for Senate.

The solidly Democratic district has drawn a wide field of candidates that includes former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Dels. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk and Dereck E. Davis and Ingrid M. Turner, a former chair of the Prince George's County Council.

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