Russ Carnahan files for Lt. governor, vows to fight for workers

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RUSS CARNAHAN, former U.S. Congressman and current candidate for Missouri’s lieutenant governor, visited recently with members of the South County Labor Club and called attacks on working Missourians coming out of the Missouri Legislature “nothing more than a political power grab.” Seated at table is Labor Club President Scott Ramshaw, of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562. – Labor Tribune photo

Zimmerman urges get out the vote effort

South St. Louis County – Former Congressman Russ Carnahan has filed for the Democratic  nomination for Missouri’s lieutenant governor.

Carnahan visited recently with members of the South County Labor Club and unloaded on the anti-worker battering coming out of the state’s Republican controlled legislature.

“What’s going on in Jefferson City right now is nothing more than a political power grab,” he said.

“So many people who are in Jefferson City right now are way far away from addressing the needs of the people in Missouri. Not only are they not addressing them, they’re trying to dismantle the rights of workers and their basic needs for fair and safe workplaces, economic growth, political contribution limits and school funding.”

STRONG TICKET

With a strong Democratic ticket forming for the August primary, including Missouri Attorney  General Chris Koster, who is running for governor, Carnahan for lieutenant governor, St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, who is running for attorney general and, on the national ticket, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who is running for U.S. Senate, Carnahan said the election could be a pivotal turning point for workers’ rights and fair governance.

YOUR VOTE MATTERS

Zimmerman, who also spoke at the meeting, urged union members to get out the vote in statewide and state legislative races.

Clark floor“Sometimes one vote makes a difference,” Zimmerman said. “If you want to stop right-to-work and everything else the bad guys in Jefferson City want to do, we can’t count on having a magic veto pen forever, we’ve got to start taking those numbers back.”

Vicki Lorenz Englund, who is running to regain her seat as state representative in House District 94, and several other local candidates also spoke at the meeting, urging support for their campaigns and a strong voter turnout.

“I want to thank you for doing the right thing, working all across the county and the state to keep this place great,” Carnahan told the politically active union members in attendance.

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