Edwardsville, IL – Citing his strong support for collective bargaining rights, exemplary record of public service and understanding of the needs and concerns of first responders, multiple locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have voted to endorse Bob Daiber (D) for Madison County Board Chairman.
Locals voting to endorse Daiber include IAFF Local 4531 (Troy-Maryville), IAFF Local 2625 (Collinsville), IAFF Local 1255 (Alton), and IAFF Local 253 (Granite City).
Daiber, the longtime regional school superintendent and one-time candidate for governor, is challenging incumbent Republican Kurt Prenzler in the November election. Daiber is known for his support for Labor and has already picked up other Labor endorsements including the 12th District COPE AFL-CIO and the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council.
“Fire fighters and EMTs realize how important the County Board chair’s office is in supporting the services we provide our communities,” Matt Giles of Collinsville Local 2625 said. “We not only are confident in Bob Daiber’s support of our mission to protect our communities, but also his ability to provide strong, steady leadership for Madison County.”
“Bob Daiber has a proven record of supporting collective bargaining rights and public sector employees,” added Jason Pugh of Troy-Maryville IAFF Local 4531. “He is the right person to lead Madison County.”
Kyle Brinkman of Local 253 said Daiber’s exemplary performance in his past position indicates what kind of chairman he would be.
“As regional superintendent of schools, Bob Daiber demonstrated the kind of leadership that builds consensus to affect positive change,” Brinkman said. “His support for our profession and for public sector employees is unmatched.”
“Bob Daiber understands the needs of first responders and recognizes the essential services we provide for this region,” added Steve Perry of Alton IAFF Local 1255.
Daiber said he appreciated the endorsements.
“Well-trained fire fighters and EMTs are vital to the safety of our communities, and I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the affiliate locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters,” he said. “The men and women who are first responders put their lives on the line daily to protect our communities, and they deserve our utmost respect and support.
“Throughout my career in public service, I have strongly supported collective bargaining rights and public sector employees, and I will continue to do so as County Board chairman,” he added. “I will work to ensure that our fire fighters, and all public sector employees, have the resources necessary to effectively and efficiently serve our communities.”