Maryland Senate candidate Donna Edwards picked up the endorsement of an international bricklayers union on Tuesday, the latest labor group to weigh in on the high-profile race.
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, which has 76,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, said in a statement Tuesday that Edwards "has consistently put working families first." The union has about 1,050 members in Maryland.
Edwards, of Prince George's County, is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the seat that being left open by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Both candidates have secured endorsements from unions, which may play a significant role in helping to bring voters to the polls for the April primary.
Edwards has also been backed by IBEW Local 26 and Teamsters 639; Van Hollen has support from Teamsters Joint Council No. 55, Teamsters Joint Council No. 62.
The announcement came several days after Edwards picked up the support of Rep. Gwen Moore, a Wisconsin Democrat. Moore's support is noteworthy in part because she was the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to back Edwards' campaign. If elected, Edwards would be the first African American to represent the state in the Senate.