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Bricklayers union backs Edwards

Bricklayers union backs Edwards
Baltimore, MD-7/23/15- FILE PHOTO - Rep. Donna Edwards, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, was the main speaker at a reception hosted by the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys and the Monumental City Bar Association. Edwards, who represents the 4th Congressional District, is the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in Congress. Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun Staff Photographer - #4152 (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

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.

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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.

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