Transit union endorses Chris Larson for Wisc. State Senate

The announcement, straight from Larson’s shiny new web site:

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Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 Endorses Chris Larson in 7th State Senate District

“Cites Larson’s longtime commitment to improving transit in SE Wisconsin”

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Contact: Chris Larson, 414-467-9155

Milwaukee — County Supervisor and Democratic candidate for the 7th State Senate District Chris Larson announced the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 workers.

“We’re proud to endorse Chris because he has been a real champion on the transit issue,” said Alan Simonis, president of Local 998, representing Milwaukee County bus drivers, mechanics, and vital support personnel. “He cares about keeping good jobs in the commu- nity and making sure folks have access to quality public transportation to get to work.” Simonis went on to say, “As a County Supervisor, Chris has continually opposed harmful cuts to public transit and supported union jobs. We know he’ll be a voice for change in Madison for Southeast Wisconsin and working families.”

“I’m honored that the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 has endorsed my candidacy for the 7th State Senate District. I look forward to working with them to come up with lasting budget solutions to a growing problem,” said Supervisor Larson.

Representing the 14th District, Supervisor Larson has fought against widespread privatiza- tion efforts and the reduction of vital County services by the Walker administration. “In 1999, the Milwaukee County bus system was recognized nationally as one of the nation’s best transit solutions. However, with the election of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, the last decade has seen giant rate hikes, slashed jobs, and shrinking service,” said Larson.

“Public transit connects consumers to businesses and more importantly workers and students to jobs and school. My neighbors are being forced to add hours to their commute; seniors are walking farther and waiting longer for quality transit,“ said Larson. “They are being disconnected from their community, and this is unacceptable.”

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Chris led the charge to pass the historic property tax relief referendum in 2008. Congratulations, Chris!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.