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Edwards picks up labor nod

Rep. Donna Edwards speaks at the first Rural Maryland Democratic Summit in Frederick on Saturday. Edwards and fellow U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen participated in a forum as part of the day-long summit. Both Edwards and Van Hollen emphasized that they can represent the interests of conservative-leaning voters in rural counties.
Rep. Donna Edwards speaks at the first Rural Maryland Democratic Summit in Frederick on Saturday. Edwards and fellow U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen participated in a forum as part of the day-long summit. Both Edwards and Van Hollen emphasized that they can represent the interests of conservative-leaning voters in rural counties. (Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun)

Rep. Donna F. Edwards on Tuesday earned the endorsement of a local electrical engineers union in her Senate bid.

"Whether it's on picket lines with workers or in the halls of Congress, Donna has consistently put Maryland families first, regardless of which direction the political winds are blowing," Chuck Graham, president of IBEW Local 26 said in a statement. "As our senator, she'll fight bad trade deals and give Maryland workers the level playing field and fair wages they deserve."

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The union has 7,500 members in the Washington region. The endorsement for Edwards, a Prince George's County Democrat, came a day after the group announced its support for Glenn Ivey, a Democrat who is running for the House seat that will be left open by Edwards' campaign.

Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the nomination. Van Hollen has also secured backing from several labor groups including, most recently, Teamsters Joint Council No. 55.

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